Man arrested for planning to kill cousin, wife with insecticide

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a 35-year old hospital worker, Mustapha Tahiti, for allegedly planning to kill his cousin and wife with an insecticide.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, stated this in a statement made available to journalists in the state on Thursday.

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said that the arrest of the suspect, a staff of Maternity Clinic, Kofar Ran in Bauchi town, followed an intelligence report made available to the State Intelligence Department.

He said that the suspect took the decision to kill the couple because his elder brother’s widow refused to marry him and married his cousin.

According to him, the syringe which the suspect intended to administer to the couple had been recovered as exhibit.

He said: “The State Intelligence Department (SID) attached to Bauchi state Police Command has arrested Mustapha Tahiti, male (35) a medical recorder with the Maternity clinic Kofar Ran, Bauchi town.

“The suspect was arrested on 6th March 2024, following credible intelligence available at the disposal of the Department. Acting promptly, the operatives picked up the suspect while actively planning to kill his cousin and his wife.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the alleged crime and stated that he filled a syringe with an insecticide chemical he bought which would be forcefully administered to the victims.

“He also said he would cart away their valuables when he killed both his brother and his wife. The syringe filled with insecticide chemicals has been recovered as an exhibit.”

He added that: “Further discreet investigation uncovered that the suspect had grudges with the victim for marrying his late elder brother’s wife, whom he loved dearly and wanted to marry.

“Unfortunately, the widow does not want to marry him. The suspect in his further confession, said he warned the victim several times not to marry the widow but ignored.”

The Command’s Spokesman said that while commending the effort of the intelligence operatives and their swift proactive action, the Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Mohammed, p directed that the suspect be charged to court upon completion of the discreet investigation.

“He (the CP) assured the good people of Bauchi State of his commitment and efforts towards curtailing crime and criminality through a distinct array of measures, including the deployment of more intelligence tentacles in the state,” Wakil stated.