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Foster mother sets adopted son ablaze

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto:  The Sokoto state Police Command has arrested a 35-year old woman, Asma’u Ibrahim for allegedly setting her adopted son, Mohammed Mubarak Bala, aged ten ablaze.
Young Bala was set on fire for undisclosed  reasons by his foster mother sometimes in May this year.
Briefing newsmen at the Police Officers’ Mess in Sokoto, Deputy Police Commissioner, Alhaji Sa’idu Madawaki said that Asma’u who before her arrest was living at No. 9, Bunza road, in Sokoto metropolis adopted the child Orphanage Home in Sokoto.

According to him, “On July 23rd 2010 the command received information from concerned citizens that the suspect had deliberately tied her adopted son (now deceased) with a rope in her house and set him on fire,” he said adding,

“As a result, he sustained burnt injuries on his body and was rushed to the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, UDUTH and later on July 20th died at Sokoto Clinic while receiving treatment.”

Madawaki disclosed that the case was still under investigation and would be taken to court for prosecution soon after it was concluded.

In a related development, a suspect who specializes in cheating women desperate to have job opportunities with international organizations was paraded before newsmen.

Resident in Diplomat Area of Sokoto state, Chukwu Ogbonna was said to have been using email addresses of his victims to notify them of job vacancies in the United Nation Organization for Young Peace Builders, which is alleged to have its regional Headquarters along Sama road, Sokoto.

The Police chief told newsmen that the suspect met his waterloo when he invited one Mrs. Mercy Samuel from Ibadan for a supposed interview and on arrival, lodged her at B and C Hotel, at Kwannawa area of Sokoto.

He further revealed that Samuel went to take her bath; the suspect made away with her laptop, handset and some other valuables but on the process of running left his handset.

Madawaki added that the suspect, who identified himself as Dr. Cosmos Osondu and claimed to work with the said organization, was later tracked down by the police detectives.

According to him, the suspects had confessed to have duped three other people using the same tactics and in his possession were laptops and handsets suspected to belong to his victims.

Speaking to newsmen, Mrs. Samuel said that she received a call from the suspect that she was shortlisted for an interview in Sokoto, adding that in the invitation letter extended to her, the suspect demanded that she should come with a laptop and her documents while accommodation would be provided to her by the organization.

According to her, immediately she reached Sokoto she called the suspect’s number who told her that he was busy in the office and that he would send his brother to pick her at the motor park.

She added that when the said brother took her to a hotel, to her surprise, he asked her to pay for her accommodation, which she disagreed since that was not the arrangement.

She however agreed when the brother insisted that the suspect would refund her money when he comes.

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