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Couple Kill their 3-day-old Baby to Cover up Pre-Marital Sex in Kano



Residents of Rijiyar Lemo in Fagge local
government area of Kano State were stunned to
find out a young couple in the area strangulated
their newborn baby girl.
Weekly Trust gathered that the couple got married
two months ago and the wife, Faiza Haruna, gave
birth to a baby girl last weekend. The baby was
killed by Faiza, three days after she put to bed and
her husband, Aminu Mustapha buried her in their
It was learnt that the 17-year-old housewife killed
the baby with the consent of her husband.
Neighbours said Faiza delivered the baby at home
without the help of any medical personnel.
“During the pregnancy, she didn’t
attend any antenatal clinic. It was
we that assisted her during child
labour. She delivered the baby
safely and we assisted her with all
the necessary cleaning up,” a
neighbor who asked not to be
named, said.
“Hours after given birth, Faiza
started telling people that the baby
was sick. We advised her to take
the baby to hospital but three days
later, she and her husband
returned home without the baby.
We drew the attention of Hisbah
officials and they were arrested
because we suspected foul play.”
It was at the Hisbah office that Faiza confessed
that she killed the baby. Hisbah commandant in
Fagge local government, Ustaz Salisu Umar, said
the couple killed the baby to cover up their
premarital affairs.
In a chat at the Kano State police headquarters,
Faiza opened up to Weekly Trust on why she killed
the baby.
“I gave birth to the baby and killed
her myself. I did so to avoid
embarrassment from members of
our community. I was impregnated
by my husband before we got
married,” she explained.
When asked what she used in killing the baby, she
“I didn’t use anything; it was my
bare hands that I used in killing
her. I went into my room when my
husband was not around and
strangulated her.”
She revealed that her husband did not take part in
killing the baby, but assisted by burying the
corpse. Her husband, Aminu Mustapha, 29,
admitted to burying the baby.
Spokesman of the Kano police command, ASP
Magaji Musa Majia, said the couple would be
arraigned for prosecution accordingly.
“The husband is not denying the
fact that he impregnated her
outside wedlock. She killed the baby
because she delivered it two
months after marriage. This is a
case of culpable homicide and
abetment of offender. They are in
our custody and we will charge
them to court immediately after
investigation,” he said.

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