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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 22 May 2020


I didn't know sex was a marital obligation, says 18-year-old wife who stabbed husband to death

Mr Philip Maku, Bauchi Police Commissioner Mr Philip Maku, Bauchi Police Commissioner

An 18-year-old wife has said that she didn't know that sex was a marital obligation after stabbing her husband to death at their house Itas-Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Salma Hassan was arrested "On April 24", according to the police, for the killing of her husband, Mohammed Mustafa, because she thought he was “just trying to defile me”.

"I thought he was just trying to defile me. No one told me about this aspect of marital union," Sak=lma said.

"I didn’t know that sex is a marital obligation. On that day, when he approached me for sex, I refused because I have never been involved in it before.

"I thought he wanted to rape me but he got angry and was trying to force himself on me. He started beating me.

"I picked up a knife to scare him away but he kept coming and I didn’t know when I stabbed him with the knife in his chest,” she said.

"I wouldn’t have done it if I knew better about marital obligations,” she claimed.

Mr Philip Maku, Bauchi Police Commissioner said that "one Haruna Musa, a resident of Itas-Gadau, reported the matter at Itas-Gadau Division. He complained that one Salma Hassan stabbed her husband.

"The husband, Mohammed Mustapha, was stabbed on the chest. He sustained injuries and was rushed to the General hospital, Itas–Gadau for treatment but died soon after arriving at the facility.

"The suspect was arrested and has confessed to the crime. Exhibit recovered from the suspect was one knife," he said.


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