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Man kills 70-year-old mum in Zamfara over property

Jamilu Lawwali is suspected of ending the aged woman’s life so as to have the way to collect money for the family’s property the deceased…

Jamilu Lawwali is suspected of ending the aged woman’s life so as to have the way to collect money for the family’s property the deceased was said to have sold, according to relations.

The incident occurred penultimate Wednesday at the Asarara residence the deceased was sharing with her alleged killer son.

Another son of the woman from a different man, Alhaji Ibrahim San, told Sunday Trust that neighbours heard her screaming for help around 8:00pm on the fateful day and the suspect was spotted leaving her room.

Sani said the alleged killer went round the neighbourhood before day break, informing people that his mother had died of natural cause.

“When I entered the room the following morning, her body was lying in the corner she usually said her prayers. When I touched it, my hands were quickly drenched in blood from the wounds on her body,” he narrated.

He added, “We suspected he used the pointed edge of a hoe and hit her severally on the head and shoulders. Some of the wounds in her head were so deep that you could insert a finger into them. One of them continued to ooze blood until she was buried.”

According to family members, the slain mother was responsible for the upkeep of her 40-year-old alleged assailant who was said to be unemployed and into drugs.

It was said that the deceased used to sell akra (beans cake) and was very popular in the area.

Sani disclosed that before her death, their mother had sold a house for N500,000, adding that the payment was expected to be made a day before she was brutally murdered.

“We believe he was thinking she had received the money. He might have asked her for it and was probably told that it was not ready yet. Perhaps, that was when he killed her, believing she was hiding it,” he said.

The family, however, said the incident was not reported to authorities for fear of having its name smeared. Everything was left in the hands of God.

But the Zamfara Police Command spokesman, ASP Sanusi Amiru said the suspect had been arrested and investigations were going on.

The spokesman said even though the case was not officially reported to the police, officers swung into action as the case has to do with capital punishment.

He said anyone having a hand in the murder of the elderly mother will be brought to book.