Woman Who Killed Her Children Claims Mental Challenge

Richard Ginika Izuora

The woman in Kano who killed two of her children has blamed her action on

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD).

Paranoid is a challenging mental health condition defined by mistrust and suspicion so intense that it interferes with thought patterns, behavior, and daily functioning.

She has been arrested and during interrogation claimed that she murdered her kids because she was paranoid.

Hauwa’u Habibu, 26,  said hallucinations and paranoia made her commit the heinous act.

On Sunday, October 4, Habibu was arrested after she hacked her 6-year- old son, Yusuf ‘Irfan’ Ibrahim and 3-year old daughter, Zuhura Ibrahim to death with a machete and aluminium pestle.

The incident happened at Diso Quarters, Gwale local government area of the state. On Saturday, October 3. She also severely wounded her 10-year old niece, Aisha Sadiq.

Speaking to newsmen at the command headquarters in Kano, she claimed that she was hallucinating and saw her young children attacking her.

“I am not even aware I killed my children.

Indeed, I saw my son and daughter attacking me with a knife and another weapon.

I called my husband and told him what was happening, but he didn’t believe me.

So I locked the house and escaped to my mother’s house for safety.

The next thing I know was my husband coming to my mother’s house with bloodied clothes, saying I killed the children.” she stated.

The suspect added she had been mentally ill for a long time.

“I used to feel I was being pursued. I even hallucinate a lot, but my husband never believed me.

Even he himself, I used to see him transforming into a beast with hooves instead of legs,” she claimed.

However, her husband Ibrahim Haruna Aminu, who took a new wife, three months ago, debunked her claim of being mentally ill.

Meanwhile, Police spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna said the suspect would be moved to the Criminal Investigations Department.

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