A 10-year-old girl, Suliya Abubakar; says she threw her 20-months old stepbrother inside the well to avenge years of cruel treatment.
Suliya said that she did not know that Usman will die; and that she also carried out the action out of frustration and because she was being maltreated by her stepmother.
“My mother separated from my father and she born nine children for my father and two died.
So Usman’s mother is living with us now and she cooks for us.
“They love Usman more than me; whenever he passes faeces or urinate on my food; his mother will say I should eat it like that, that nothing will happen to me.”
“Usman’s mother will only remove where the faeces is and instruct me to eat it; and any day I did not eat the food she will beat me.
“So, on the day the incident happened, it was night and Usman has faeces on his body; and I was told to fetch water from the well to wash his body.
“As I was going to fetch water, Usman followed me and I throw him inside well and informed my father that someone with ‘Hijab’ came to kidnap Usman.
“My father said if we get to police station I should say it is my mother and her friend that kidnapped Usman. I now said I cannot lie against my mother, but my father said I should say it that nothing will happen to me.
“I am the one that threw Usman inside well and I don’t know that he will die,” she said.
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