Father from hell: Man poisons sick 9-month old baby to death in Bauchi

by ‘Jola Sotubo


A man in Bauchi has been convicted by a court in the state after he was found guilty of causing the death of his child.

Shitu Adamu is said to have administered a chemical herbicide to his 9-month-old son leading to the latter’s death from poisoning.

He was sentenced to 6 years in prison by a high court in the state.

Vanguard reports:

In his evidence, the Police prosecutor, Sgt. Caiphas Adamu, told the court that the accused, who is a father of two, confessed to have committed the crime during investigation.

He said his nine-month-old son was sick and his wife, who was four-month pregnant, took him to hospital.

The police prosecutor said his wife gave her husband a list of prescription, but he complained that he had no money at that time, so he administered a chemical herbicide on his son, thinking that it will cure the sickness, unfortunately the boy died.

The prosecutor said the accused attributed his action to poverty and unemployment and regretted his action in his confessional statement.
In her evidence, wife of the accused, Lantana Shitu, said she went to fetch water in a pond and when she came back, she saw that her son was vomiting and later died.

She said: “I did not know what happened until three days later when our village head called my husband concerning the issue and he confessed that he was the one that poisoned his son with herbicide.”

In his judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Abdulkadir Suleiman, said he considered the plea for leniency made on behalf of the accused by his counsel.

According to Justice Suleiman, “I have also taken into account that the convict is a first offender and appears to be remorseful throughout the trial. I hereby sentence him to six years imprisonment commencing from June 24, 2013, the day he was remanded in prison custody.”

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