Operatives of the Yobe State Police Command have arrested a 22-year-old housewife, Khadija Yakubu, for allegedly poisoning her three stepsons to death.
The Spokesman of the Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed the arrest of the housewife on Friday in Damaturu.
One other child who suffered from the poisoning was left in critical condition.
Abdulkarim said the incident occurred at about 9am on Friday at Makarahuta in Potiskum Local Government Area of the state.
He said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly gave the children, aged between seven and 12, a poisonous tea during breakfast.
He said in a statement: “The children were rushed to a hospital after taking tea prepared by the suspect in the early hours of Friday September 17, at about 0900hrs.
“Three of the victims died while receiving treatment and one other remained unconscious.”
The spokesman said the incident was reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Potiskum by the suspect’s husband, Alhaji Haruna, at about 1pm.
Abdulkarim said investigation into the case was ongoing with a view to prosecuting the suspect.