A 42-year-old mother and house wife identified as Terdoo Aleva, on Wednesday appeared before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates' Court for allegedly killing her seven months old daughter. She was charged with culpable homicide punishable by death under Section 222 of the Penal Code.
Police prosecuting officer, Insp. Hyacinth Gbakor, told the court that the woman's husband, Terhemen Aleva of Ako-Yawe Street, Gboko in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue, accused his wife of feeding the deceased with a liquid substance locally called novan or otapiapia, whichhe claimed she bought at N20 and immediately reported the matter to the Gboko Police Station.
According to the prosecution, the baby died instantly and the the woman had in the course of investigation confessed to the crime.
The prosecutor also told the court that the accused had also confessed to the police that she terminated the baby's life because she wanted to return to her former husband with whom she had three children.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plea of the woman was not taken but the Chief Magistrate, Cecilia Bakare ordered that she be remanded at the Federal Prison, Makurdi and adjourned the case to Sept. 27.