Kaduna State’s Challenging Security Problems
Although it was meant to be a reconciliation meeting of some sort but for Miss Mamana Martha Usman, it turned out to be her tragic end. Martha who was married to one Habila Iliya, a native of Pataki village in Jema’a local government of Kaduna State in 1997 but separated in 2009 due to a misunderstanding with her husband, was allegedly killed and buried in a bush by Illiya on April 4 this year.
The deceased, Mada by tribe, was said to have received a call from the suspect who promised to give her a treat. Suspecting foul play, Martha informed her mother and one other person of the invitation, although she refused to be persuaded from honouring the invitation. The visit turned out to be a call for death. She was alleged to have been lured to the farm by Illiya, who beat her to death and buried near the river bank. The suspect was arrested after the deceased’s brother, Pastor Sunday Usman, reported the matter to the police when she was not seen days after she had gone to meet the suspect. He conducted the police to the scene of the incident where the decomposing body of Martha was exhumed. The case was later transferred from Kafanchan police command to the state headquarters in Kaduna for further investigation.
In a related development, policemen in Kabala west division arrested a middle-aged woman for allegedly killing her co-wife. The woman whose name was not given was said to have killed the deceased four days after she was brought into the house as second wife to one Mr. Ade, from Ondo State.
Trouble was said to have started when Ade took another wife contrary to the advice of the first wife. A neighbour who spoke on condition of anonymity described the first wife who is from Ebira in Kogi State, as very stubborn. “Since they used to quarrel all the time, the brothers to the husband advised him to take a new wife. Having read the handwriting on the wall, the first wife cautioned her husband against the idea of bringing in a second wife, which he ignored,” he added.
The suspect, a mother of five, allegedly stabbed the new wife, who was from the same state with their husband, to death at night, before their husband came back from work. Mr. Ade is the director of Mola Paint, which is located on Murtala Muhammed Way in Kabala west. The deceased was five months pregnant at the time she met her untimely death. The case has also been transferred to the state police headquarters.
Criminal activities in Kaduna State are assuming many dimensions. Apart from the murders, Kaduna State police command has been faced with some other challenges. A number of bombs have exploded in the state this year, while other criminal elements are taking advantage of the security problem in the state to make life unbearable for the residents. But the state commissioner of police, M.J Abubakar, said the command is equal to the challenge. Abubakar said the command has made a number of arrests of suspected criminals, including Shino Hamza and Ibrahim Bello who are presently standing trial for allegedly robbed a one Suleiman Shuaibu of money and valuables. The command also on Children’s Day, recovered 81 suspected stolen vehicles and arrested eight suspects during a raid at new Panteka market along Nnamdi Azikiwe expressway, Kaduna. Another raid at Babban Saura village along Kaduna New Eastern By pass in Chikun local government led to the arrest of eight suspects and the recovery of large quantity of dangerous drug and one dane gun.