The woman who was detained and starved for a year by her husband in Nguru, Yobe state, is believed to have died in a hospital.
Recall that Sadiya, a middle-aged housewife, was rescued by her mother Hadiza after she suspected something was wrong when she spoke with her daughter on the phone.
Hadiya went from Kano, where she lives, to Yobe state and found her daughter emaciated.
She had been locked up and starved by her husband for a year (read here).
Sadiya was rushed to Aminu Kano University Hospital where she was receiving treatment until her death on Saturday November 19.
The Yobe State Police Command, while acting on the warrant issued by the Nguru Magistrate’s Court, confirmed the arrest of Sadiya’s husband, Ibrahim Yunusa, for detaining and starving his wife.
“The motive for this act is not known, but the police arrested Mr. Ibrahim Yunusa and handed him over to the magistrates’ court”, confirmed DSP Dungus.
After Sadiya’s death, Olumide Omosebi, CEO of Gnosis Help Initiative, a non-governmental organization that helps victims of domestic violence and abusive marriages, revealed that he was made aware of Sadiya’s case last year.
He said he advised his family to break into the house and save their daughter.
Unfortunately, they delayed until a year had passed and it was already too late.
A coalition of 56 women’s and children’s rights activists have mobilized resources to pursue the case until justice is served.