14-year-old child bride, Wasila Tasi’u who allegedly poisoned her husband, Umar Sani to death after lacing the food she prepared for him with rat poison appeared in High Court in Gezawa, a Local Government Area in Kano State on Wednesday.
Wasila (pictured) is facing trial for allegedly sprinkled rat poison on the deceased’s food two weeks after their wedding in April at Unguwar Yansoro Village in the state.
She is also accused of the murder of three other people, who are said to have died suddenly after eating the same meal prepared for a post-wedding celebration.
Prosecutor Lamido Abba Soron-Dinki’s first witness on Wednesday was a seven-year-old girl, identified as Hamziyya, who was living in the same house as Tasi’u and her late husband, when the child bride allegedly laced his food with rat poison.
Hamziyya was identified as the sister of Sani’s ex-wife.
The seven-year-old testified that Tasi’u gave her 80 naira to buy rat poison from a local shop on April 5, the day Sani died.
“She said rats were disturbing her in her room,” Hamziyya told the court.
The prosecution alleged that Tasi’u instead put the poison in the food she had prepared for a post-marriage celebration, perhaps because she regretted her decision to marry Sani.
Judge Mohammed Yahaya has entered a plea of not guilty for Tasi’u, who refused to respond at a previous hearing on October 30 when the charges were put to her. Tasi’u wept quietly at the hearing last month but appeared more composed in court on Wednesday.
The case continues.