Mother kills, buries her own baby in Jigawa state

By Benjamin Idakwo

18-year-old lady, Mrs. Hauwa Sani was arrested by the Jigawa State Police for allegedly killing and burying her newborn baby at Dabi village, Ringim Local Government Area.

Police image maker of the command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident, said the arrest was made after some community members raised alarm that one Hauwa had given birth to a baby boy out of wedlock, and the baby was nowhere to be found.

Jinjiri further explained that on receiving the information, police arrested the suspected mother, adding that in the cause of interrogation, the suspect confessed to have killed the newborn baby and buried it in a shallow grave.

Police Spokesman asserted that the suspect disclosed that the incident happened on 31st of January after her stepmother took her to remove the baby through abortion.

He said, “After 8 months of my pregnancy on Friday, 31/01/2020, my stepmother, one Sadiya Sani took me to a house in Sankara village where I was given injections about two times by a medical personnel in an attempt to remove the baby.

“A day after, which is on Saturday 01/02/2020, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy and killed the baby instantly, took it to the bush and buried it in a shallow grave.”

Jinjiri said the suspect directed police where the corpse was buried and exhumed it and took it to Ringim General Hospital for investigation.

He said the suspect confessed to have killed the baby by strangulation and with the help of her stepmother, they buried the corpse in the bush, adding that police have also arrested Nasiru Rabiu who is responsible for the pregnancy.

The case has been handed over to the criminal investigation unit of the command for further investigation.


A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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