A 22-year-old woman, Khadija Yakubu, has been alleged to have killed three of her stepchildren with poison.

The incident happened at the Makara-Huta area of the Potiskum local government area of Yobe State on Friday.

The victims’ names were given as Zainab Alhaji Haruna, aged 7, Ahmed Alhaji Haruna, aged 9, Umar Alhaji Haruna, aged 12 and Maryam Alhaji Haruna, aged 11.

The deceased children were said to have taken a poisoned tea allegedly prepared by Yakubu, their stepmother.

In a press release, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yobe State Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect has been apprehended.

According to the statement, findings indicated that the children were rushed to hospital after taking the tea prepared by the said suspect in the early hours of Friday at about 0900hrs on September 17, 2021, but three of the victims died while receiving treatment and one remained of them unconscious.

Dungus said, “So far, an investigation has been launched by the police to unfold the elements of the case for subsequent prosecution.”

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