Fatima Malam, a middle-aged woman, is wanted for reportedly stabbing Sherifat Usman, a neighbor’s 6-year-old daughter, at Gadon Kaya Damatsiri in the Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State.
According to reports, the suspect stabbed Sherifat because of an alleged scheme by the victim’s husband to find another wife with the help of the victim’s father.
According to a local source, Fatima stabbed Sherifat multiple times on the stomach with the goal of killing her as retaliation for her father’s reported intrusion into her marital house.
According to the source, Fatima became upset when she discovered that Sherifat’s father, a close friend of her husband, had given him advice to take a second wife.
But Fatima’s husband, identified as Mallam, claimed that his wife is mentally-deranged.
The investigation however revealed that Fatima had lured Sherifat to escort her to Mariri in Kumbotso Local Government Area where she stabbed the little girl severally on her stomach.
“On their way to Mariri, Fatima bought a kitchen knife on credit. She took Sherifat to an uncompleted building where she stabbed her severally on her stomach with the sole intention to kill her,” the source explained.
“Fatima wanted to kill Sherifat because she felt her father was the one instigating her husband to get a second wife.
“Fatima has been acting strange in recent times. Some weeks ago, she brought out a pestle one evening threatening that she would kill somebody if her husband eventually takes another wife,”
It was also gathered that, after stabbing Sherifat, Fatima hurriedly left the scene believing that the little girl was dead.
But her cry attracted passers-by who eventually rushed into the uncompleted building and rescued the little girl who survived the grievous attack.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Wednesday, May 17, said the matter is still under investigation as police are making efforts to arrest the fleeing culprit.