Killer Child-Bride Speaks: ‘I regret killing my husband, 17 days after wedding’

Child-bride, Wasila Umar, accused of killing her husband and three of his friends while
injuring many others after she served them poisoned food, in Kano, says she regrets her
“Mine was a classical example of youthful exuberance; it dawned on me shortly after
that it was a joke taken too far to resolve a forced marriage question”, Wasila, 14, said.
The killings happened only 17 days after their marriage.
The suspect, in tears as she spoke to Sunday Vanguard at Bompai police headquarters,
Kano, where she was being detained, added: “I have never enjoyed the opportunity of
going to Islamic school or acquiring Western education. My father forced me into this
mess by stubbornly forcing me into a relationship I was not prepared to live in “.
The girl, who hails from Yansoro- Kademi in Gaya local government area of Kano State,
revealed that “though my target was my late husband, I must confess that my blood
went cold when I realized I had committed mass murder”.

Wasila is in police custody for killing her husband, Umar Sani, 35, and three of his
friends on the spot even as 10 others were hospitalized shortly after eating a local
meal mixed with rat poison at Yansoro –Kademi, last week.
Narrating how she executed the mass murder, she said, “On the fateful day, my
husband’s meal was prepared by the senior wife and put in my room as I was due in
fulfillment of his rotational duty in a polygamous setting.
“I obtained the rat poison for just N100 and, at my convenience, mixed it with the local
dish prepared for him. When he returned home for the feast, he came with those who
were destined to die with him. I was restless but could not stop it from happening.
“I felt normal and slept after the incident but the consequence of my action was clear
when I was picked up by the police and I felt cold for the first time”.
She explained that “destiny appears to have played a wicked one on me at this early
stage of my life and I would rededicate the rest of my life to sincerely seek Allah’s
However, despite the overwhelming evidence the police have to prosecute the alleged
culpable homicide, they seemed to be in a dilemma due to age of the suspect.
Commenting on the development, Kano State Police Command Public Relations Officer,
ASP Magaji Musa Majia, said “the case has been referred to appropriate authorities for
the next line of action”. Majia told Sunday Vanguard: “I am assuring you that Wasila
would appear in court soon because we have limitation on the number of days we can
keep a suspect no matter the perceived weakness of the case or the personality

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