A man, identified as Nuhu Usman, has been arrested by the Police in Bauchi State for allegedly killing one of his two wives by mistake.
Usman, who is reportedly at loggerheads with his first son, had thought he was the one that entered the room on the night the incident happened, Police Public Relations Officer of Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil said on Friday.
The 40-year-old suspect, who had loaded his gun in preparation for his son’s possible attack on him, shot his wife in the stomach upon her return to the room from the restroom.
His words, “Operatives attached to the command have arrested Nuhu Umar Usman, male (40) of Dangarfa Village via Kyata Burra District Bauchi State.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect slept in the same room with his wife (deceased) that night, the suspect had two wives and six children. That there was an altercation between the wives, to the extent that the eldest son held grudges against the father and threatened to harm him.
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“Prior to that incident, the eldest son threatened the father and this made the suspect load his dane gun and keep it beside him throughout the night waiting for any intruder, possibly his eldest son.
“Investigation revealed that on the 28th December 2022 at about 2.00am while he was sleeping in the same room with his wife, Ladi Nuhu (37) of the same address she went out of the room to ease herself.
“On her way back to the room, the husband woke up and armed himself with the dane gun upon hearing a suspicious move close to his room and directly fired at her in the stomach. As a result, she sustained injury.”
She was certified dead by a medical doctor when they rushed her to the hospital.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Aminu Alhassan, directed that the suspect be charged to court on completion of the investigation.