Police in Kano have taken a woman into custody for allegedly killing her two children.
Hauwa’u Habibu, 26, attacked her son Irfan, six, and daughter, Zuhura, three, with a machete and pestle, police said.
According to The Nation Newspaper, Habibu, who lives in Diso Quarters in Gwale Local Government Area of the state, was said to have confessed to the crime.
According to the police, the suspect also severely wounded her 10-year-old niece before fleeing the house.
It was gathered that trouble started when Hauwa’s husband married a second wife, about two months ago, although he reportedly kept the women in separate homes.
Police spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna, in a statement said a team of detectives rushed to the scene and took the victims to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano, where a medical doctor confirmed them dead.
Aisha Sadiq, the suspect’s niece, survived the attack and was transferred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, where she was treated and discharged.
The survivor said she heard the suspect threatening to kill the children and the newly married wife.
Haruna said the incident occurred on Saturday.
“During preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed that she locked up the victims in their dwelling house and used a machete and aluminum-made pestle to attack the three helpless children,” Haruna said.
“She caused severe injuries on different parts of their bodies. Quick intervention of the police saved one of them, Aisha, to live and tell the horrific story.”
The case been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).