A 55-year-old woman, Aisha Ibrahim, has been arrested by the police in Niger State for allegedly killing her two-year-old grandchild by throwing her inside a well.
Ibrahim was said to have bound the child with a rope before dumping into the well in their residence in Karaya Fulani Camp in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state. The incident reportedly took place when her son, Bello Ibrahim, and his wife left their child in her care to attend a christening at a neighbouring village.
It is believed the suspect and her daughter-in-law had been at loggerheads for some time before the incident. She told Northern City News that since her son married his wife, there had been a lot of unresolved issues.
“I told my husband to tell his son to divorce his wife but he did not listen to me. My daughter-in-law is fond of insulting and assaulting me all the time and the only way I could pay her back was to tie her daughter with the rope and throw her inside a well to die so that she will equally feel the pains and agony I have been going through.
“We have been living in peace as one big family before my son married her; I have 12 children and all of us are living in one compound; she cannot come from somewhere to destroy the family I have suffered for years to keep, it is unacceptable,” she explained.
She however expressed remorse for her action saying it was a condemnable act.
Muhammed Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect had confessed to the crime and regretted her action. He said she would be charged to court after investigation is concluded.