The police in Niger State have arrested a 55-year-old woman, Aisha Ibrahim, for allegedly killing her two-year-old granddaughter.
The suspect’s son, Malam Bello Ibrahim and his wife, it was gathered, left their child in the suspect’s custody in Karaya Fulani camp in Rafi Local Government Area of the state to attend a naming ceremony in a neighbouring village.
She was alleged to have tied the deceased with a rope and threw her into the well in their compound, killing her in the process.
The police said from investigations, the suspect and her daughter-in-law had been having misunderstanding soon after she got married to her son, adding that the suspect tried to get at her daughter-in-law by killing the little girl.
The suspect was said to have fled home after the act but was trailed and arrested by detectives attached to Kagara division.
The command’s spokesman, Muhammad Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect had confessed to the crime and regretted her action. He said she would be arraigned in court.
The suspect was quoted to have said, “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 throw her daughter inside the well to die so that she will equally feel the pains and agony I have been through.”
She was further quoted to have said her family had been living in peace until her son married her daughter-in-law.
“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 added.