A 32-year-old mother has been arrested after she forced her two children to drink a poison known as, Parafox, because her husband failed to provide for the family last Christmas.
The woman, Okwata Azibabeh, committed the act in Kolo, Ogbia local government area, Bayelsa state on Thursday, December 22, 2016.
Azibabeh confessed to committing the crime and told the police she did it because of her anger towards her husband for failing to provide for them last Christmas.
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She said: “I didn’t see any of the Christmas clothes my two children could wear. Early in the morning, I went to the market and bought Parafox, a substance that is used to kill grasses and I gave it to my two children to drink. Gloria was able to survive due to self-medication and hospital treatment, but her brother, Innocent died on the spot after he drank the poison. I ran to my elder sister’s house and confessed to her what I have done to my two children. She assisted me to rescue Gloria by administering some medication, and we later took her to the hospital. Thereafter, she reported me at Kolo Police station and I was arrested. I used to have two children. I killed one by myself, now I am left with only one. I want God to forgive me and intervene in my life. I have learnt my lesson. Nigerians should forgive me.”
According to The Sun, the woman poisoned her two children but only one died while the other one survived. The deceased is her 2-year-old son, Innocent, and her one year old, Gloria, who also drank the poison survived.
The state commissioner of police, Amba Asuquo, who confirmed the incident said the case has been transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department where the suspect would wait in detention until investigations are over.