Tragedy struck at Iri village, in Rijau Local Government area of Niger State, as a 20-year–old man, identified as Usman Bege, butchered his 18-year-old wife, Hauwa, after misunderstanding and is being remanded in the custody of the state command of the Nigerian Prison Service.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that after the face-off with the accused, Hauwa allegedly packed her belongings and relocated to her parents’ residence, but Bege was said to have sneaked into the in-laws’ house when the ill-fated housewife was fast asleep in the night and allegedly slashed her throat.
It was further gathered that before Bege could bolt away from the scene, some villagers got hold of him and handed him over to the village head, one Alhaji Usman, who formally complained to the police about the unfortunate incident.
The accuse was, however, arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court III, Minna, the Niger State capital, for culpable homicide on Monday, contrary to section 221 of penal code law.
The presiding Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Bilkis Gambo Yusuf, read the charges to the accused and he pleaded guilty to the offence, saying, “I cut her with a knife.”
Also, the police prosecutor, Esther Philip, prayed the court to remand the accused in the prison custody prior to the outcome of the advice of the state’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), after which the case would be assigned to the court that had jurisdiction to hear the case.
The presiding magistrate, in her response, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to July 26, just as the court also awaits the DPP’s advice.