14-year-old child bride, Wasila Tasi’u has admitted killing her 35-year-old husband with rat poison by signing a confession she could not read – with her thumbprint.
Wasila allegedly killed her farmer husband Umar Sani two weeks after their wedding in April at Unguwar Yansoro Village in Kano State.
Homicide investigator Abdullahi Adamu told the court that he translated Wasila’s statement from Hausa into English before she put her thumbprint on it.
One of the prosecution witnesses was the farmer’s second wife Ramatu, who told how her ‘co-wife’ prepared him dinner before being due to go to bed with him.
Ramatu said she got along well with the 14-year-old and the two had prepared food together on April 5, the day Sani died.
Because it was Wasila’s turn to share a bed with her new husband, she was also entitled to serve him his meal.
‘After putting the food in the dish I didn’t see anybody put anything in it,’ Ramatu said – but later she saw her husband foaming at the mouth and unable to walk.”
The trial was adjourned until February 16, 2015.