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Deadly love: Ummita, Bilyaminu, partners sent to early grave by their lovers

Being in love with a partner is a feeling that could be pleasurable and exciting. But as pleasing as love is, its ugly side can…

Being in love with a partner is a feeling that could be pleasurable and exciting. But as pleasing as love is, its ugly side can also be tragic and deadly.

This was the case of Ummakulsum (Ummita) Sani Buhari, a Kano lady recently killed by her Chinese lover.

The incident added to the growing number of tragic instances where partners are killed by their lovers.

From the case of Maryam Sanda who allegedly killed her husband, Bilyamim Haliru Bello and was sentenced to death; to Yewande Oyediran, who also stabbed her husband to death in Lagos, the incidents have become disturbing in recent years.

Daily Trust chronicles some of these tragic encounters where partners were gruesomely murdered by their lovers.


After back and forth movement to unearth the reason behind the recent killing of the late Ummakulsum, who was killed by her Chinese lover, many have described the horrific incident as a mixed story of love, care, revenge and bloodbath.

On Saturday September 17, 2022 a Chinese national reportedly broke into the 23-year-old Ummakulsum’s room inside her parents’ house at Janbulo quarters, Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State and allegedly stabbed her to death.

The victim, who was said to be a divorcee, was said to have dated the Chinese national for many years. Many said the suspect committed the heinous act because he felt betrayed.

Maryam Sanda

Maryam Sanda
Maryam Sanda

In November 2017, the tragic murder of a husband by his wife went viral. Maryam Sanda was arrested by the police for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyaminu Haliru Bello, to death in Abuja.

Bilyaminu was the son of Dr. Mohammed Haliru Bello, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Sanda, who repeatedly denied the allegation, told the court that on November 18, 2017, she used her late husband’s phone to make a call and discovered a nude picture of a lady on the phone.

She said that she immediately went downstairs and called the deceased so that they could talk about it.

During the discussion which degenerated into an argument, she asked the deceased to divorce her.

The argument took a turn for the worse in the evening of that day.

She said, “He pushed me and as I was falling down, I mistakenly broke his Shisha bottle and the water inside spilled on the floor.

“He pinned me to the ground and I heard our daughter crying. I told him to leave me so that I could attend to her and he loosened up a bit and I struggled to my feet.”

She stated that while Bilyaminu was trying to hold her, he fell and hit his chest on a broken bottle.

Sanda has since been sentenced to death but has appealed the case in the Supreme Court.

Yewande Oyediran

On November 27, 2017, an Ibadan-based lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by an Oyo State High Court for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.

An assistant director in the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, Yewande allegedly stabbed her husband, Lowo Oyediran, a France-based businessman, to death during a domestic scuffle.

She reportedly knifed her husband to death on February 2, 2016, at their residence in Adeniyi Layout, Abidi-Odan, Akobo, Ibadan.

Barrister Udeme

Also, a lawyer, identified as Udeme, allegedly stabbed her husband, Otike Odibi, to death in May 2018.

The incident happened at about 7.30am on Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lagos.

Udeme  reportedly severed her husband’s manhood and placed it in his right hand.

Folashade Idoko

Folashade Idoko, an auxiliary nurse, was arrested by the police for stabbing her 32-year-old husband, Lawrence Idoko, to death at their home in Ayetoro, Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area of Lagos for alleged infidelity.

Folashade had reportedly accused her husband  of engaging in extra-marital affairs, which led to the argument that resulted in his death.