Kano State Police Command has arrested two housewives, Zainab and Hafsatu Musa, who allegedly brutally tortured and broke the legs and arms of a two-year old boy. The women are reportedly married to the same man, Murtala Musa, but the said child belongs to Musa’s third wife, who had packed out of the house.
Musa, a resident of Gulu Town in Rimin Gado Local Government Area of the state, was said to have divorced the third wife, who left her two years’ old boy with the man. However, Musa handed the boy over to his senior wife, Zainab, to take care of him; but unknown to Musa, the boy was usually subjected to torture by the two wives, because he was not their child.
Confirming the report, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya, told newsmen that the (two) women have been arrested. He said the incident occurred last Friday, adding that, “When the women’s husband, Murtala Musa, came back home about 8pm, he met his two-year boy laying in a critical condition. On seeing the condition of the boy, Musa rushed him to the hospital where it was confirmed that his legs were broken, and that blood was oozing out of his nose and ears, while doctors said he might have problems with his eyes.”
The state Police Commissioner, Abbati Dikko, upon the arrest, reportedly directed that the women be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the wife of the Police Commissioner, who is also chairperson of the Police Wives’ Association Against Child Abuse, Hajiya Aishatu Diko, has intervened in the case. Aishatu said that cruelty against children would not be tolerated, and promised that her association would follow the matter to a logical conclusion.