A man in Katsina state, Northern Nigeria, has been heavily linked with the murder of his wife as he attempts to take over her inheritance.
Manu reportedly visited the deceased at her residence on the day the murder was perpetrated, at about 8:30pm, entering in and out of the compound twice before he finally left after 11:00pm.
By the next morning, Fatima’s maid met her lifeless body on the bed and raised alarm.
Manu has been arrested in relation to the crime, and handed over to the police where he has owned up, and confessed to the killing, giving details of how he went about it, though the details were not revealed by the police.
According to information gathered by Daily Trust, Fatima's father, Ibrahim Habibu, died in December 2014 and she inherited a part of his substantial wealth.
Fatima’s uncle and the family's spokesperson, Babangida Habibu, said since she came into the inheritance, Manu has been intent on getting his wife’s share of everything divided among late Alhaji Habibu’s children.
The spokesman said about seven months back, his niece reported her husband’s changing attitude and the family had to intervene, and invited him along with his parents to iron things out. But, Habibu said, after a while she complained again.
“It was at this point that she chose to move out to a new place, where he still visits on the pretence of wanting to see his son,” he said.
Habibu said: “Manu had earlier been threatening Fatima for a while, and even on that fateful day he called to ask her to make available N800,000 for him to settle some debts. Mark you, she had always tried to let him know that the money he assumes she had was not in her custody, but he never wanted to hear that.”
According to Fatima’s uncle, the deceased’s family have said all they want now is for the law to take its course.
Manu is still in the custody of Police, according to the State Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Usman.