Sadiya, a middle-aged housewife who was recently rescued after she was allegedly detained and starved for a year by her husband in Nguru, Yobe State, has reportedly died.
Sadiya, a mother of four, was rescued by her mother Hadiza after she suspected something was not right whenever she tried to speak to her daughter on the phone.
Hadiza then went from Kano, where she lives, to Yobe State and discovered that her daughter had been locked up by her husband, Ibrahim Yunusa Bature, for a year and was allegedly given only kunu, a local drink, to survive on.
The husband claimed he locked her up and refused to give her food because he feared his family members were trying to harm her and would succeed if she ate.
Sadiya, who could barely walk when she was found, was rushed to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, where she was receiving treatment until she died on Saturday, November 19.
Yobe State Police Command, while acting on the warrant issued by Nguru Senior Magistrate Court, confirmed the arrest of Sadiya’s husband over the alleged detention and starvation of his wife.
“The motive of this act is not known, but police have arrested Mr. Ibrahim Yunusa and handed him over to the magistrate court,” DSP Dungus said. “
Following Sadiya’s death, human rights activist Olumide Omosebi revealed that he was made aware of Sadiya’s case last year.
Regrettably, they delayed until after one year, and it was already too late.