The news of a woman killing her two biological children in Kano because her husband married another wife bewildered Nigerians.
The husband in his reaction to the development claimed his wife, Hauwa Habibu, “was possessed”.
This was captured in an audio recording obtained by Arewa Agenda, where the husband, Ibrahim Haruna Aminu stated Hauwa called him in the morning at exactly 9:55am and told him that some people had come to kill her.
When he asked who were the killers, she said they were two males and one female.
When he sought to know where his children were, she told him it was the children who wanted to kill her.
The deceased children were identified as a boy Yusuf, 5-, and girl Zahra’u, 3.
According to the husband; “I urged her to intensify prayers because the previous night I sensed that her interactions were abnormal, as if she was somehow possessed as she was saying strange things. I promised to be with her when the rain stopped.
“Five minutes later she called again that the children wanted to speak with me. I spoke to all of them as they requested for some sweet which I asked her to give them.
In his narration, the husband said when he got home after greeting his parents, he went straight to his apartment but was greeted with silence.
He then used his key and unlocked the door, that was when he met the shock of his life, his children laying in a pool of their own blood.
The eldest child who survived the incident told him that their mother killed the two children with matchet and fled after she locked the door.
“So I quickly went to my parents and informed them, took the victims to the hospital while I rushed to my in-law’s place.
“On getting there I met my wife and her mother in the room discussing. When I narrated what happened, her mother started crying while my wife was asking me what was happening?”
When asked why he thought his wife did what she did, Ibrahim simply replied, “She is possessed. A normal woman would not just hack her own children to death for no reason.”
Asked if she had initially shown any tendency prior to the incidence, he replied, “Not at all. Only that a day before the incidence since when I went to give her money for food stuff she held my cloth and kept asking if I was okay, I asked why she was asking such questions, she said nothing, just that she is seeing things but she doesn’t know what they were.
“I then calmed her down and assured her I would come over the following morning since I was going to sleep at my second wife’s place.”
Hauwa Suffering from Depression?
A renowned Medical Practitioner and paediatrician at the National Hospital Abuja, Dr Denis Shatima, said that from a general medical point of view, the suspect might have developed some form of depression that manifested in ‘hating’ others around her including those she gave birth to.
Mothers are always very protective of their children. “She can interpret them as being foreigners,” he said.
Also speaking on the same vein, Shuaibu Ibrahim of the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, said: “It not possible for a woman in her full senses to kill her children no matter what must have happened.
“Definitely the scenario will be that this woman because of one reason or the other developed depression and from that there was nobody to bring her out of it and she developed suicidal ideas and feelings as a sign and symptom of depression that she is worthless and nobody cares about her and nothing is valuable to her again and she wants to kill herself and the people close to her because she feels lonely and all that.
From there, psychiatric conditions will occur, and she can be able to do what she did. That is the way I look at it.”
A mother of two, Journalist and Film Editor in Kannywood, Amina Adam Yusuf, has attributed the incidence to depression.
Speaking to Arewa Agenda, Aminu asserted that a lot of women in the North are going through depression but they don’t open up, even if they do, they are soldem understood because of the nature of the society.
Amina who was once a victim of depression stated that once it gets to a certain stage victim are prone to doing strange things.
“I was once a victim of depression. There was a time that I tried to kill myself. Luckily for me I was in Europe and it was the doctors who identified that I was depressed and I got all the necessary help I needed.
“But here how many of us even admit to being depressed, we don’t even know what depression is. Most of all the things we attribute to spiritual possession sometimes is depression because once you are depressed it is your mind that will be playing and will push you to do things under the illusion that you will find peace when you do them.”
Recall Lanre News had earlier reported that operatives of the Kano State Police command has arrested the woman
The spokesperson of the command said she was arrested on the same date at about 2250hrs.
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