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Woman kills daughter, commits suicide in Lagos

Joy Anyim 

A woman, identified as Hafusat, has killed her daughter, Aduke,  and committed suicide at the Idumota area of Lagos Island.

The woman whose husband did not reach out to her for years after he travelled to the United States of America, heard her husband had returned to the country but did not come to see her or the children. 

Frustrated by the alleged act, Hafusat a cleaner with an insurance firm, had chosen to end it all.

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Hafusat an orphan, was said to have bought a bottle of sniper insecticide the previous day, when returning from her foster mother’s house. 

She reportedly woke Aduke, a hairdressing apprentice in the wee hours of penultimate Thursday and gave her a cup of water laced with sniper to drink. She was said to have done same to her two younger children but those ones refused the drink.
While Aduke, died before dawn, her mother, was found unconscious by neighbours who rushed her to the hospital, where she died.

A source who spoke on the incident said: “ It was the old woman that raised her because she’s an orphan. So, the woman is her mother. The day she visited and said some prayers, the woman was disturbed and asked why she was praying like that. She said it was because she has not seen her in a while.

“Then, on her way home, she bought sniper. Around 1am, on Thursday, she woke Aduke from sleep as well as her younger brothers.

“She gave them something to drink but the two boys said they did not want and returned to sleep. She then woke them up, took them to their uncle’s house that was nearby and told the man she wanted to do something in the house.

“She came back woke Aduke and handed the cup to her. She just drank it and went back to sleep again. That was how she died.