Kano man kills own baby girl over preference to male child

A 28-year-old man, Misbahu Salisu, has allegedly poisoned his day-old baby girl to death because he preferred a male child.

The man who lives in Doka Baici, Tofa Local Government Area, was arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board on Friday.

The board announced his arrest in a statement issued in Kano by the deputy commander general of operations, Mujahid Aminudeen.

Aminudeen said that the suspect had informed officials of the board that he gave the baby a local insect killer, Otapiapia.

“Salisu also drugged the baby’s mother, Sa’ade, with a cup of tea containing sleeping tablets before carrying out the criminal act.

“The suspect confessed to the crime, saying he preferred a male child, but his wife gave birth to a female, which prompted him to end the baby’s life”, the official said in the statement.

He said the suspect had been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

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