Katsina State police arrested a middle-aged man, identified simply as Samaila, for chaining and torturing his two wives, Fatima Salisu and Hadiza Musa, at his home for 10 months.
Fatima is from the village of Markemagaji Gari, while Hadiza is from the village of Kalyarubandaba, both in Katsina State.
The two women, 20 years old each, have no children with the suspect.
On Sunday, Samaila was picked up by police detectives from the house he shares with the victims in the village of Yannadabaiyye, in the local government area of Rimi.
He was arrested by officers from Rimi Divisional Police headquarters before being transferred to the command’s criminal investigation department on Monday.
Command spokesperson SP Gambo Isah confirmed Samaila’s arrest.
However, he did not give details of the case, stressing that it was still under investigation.
Our correspondent found that the two women had been saved by providence when Hadiza’s mother decided to pay him a surprise visit.
We learned that the old woman had begged Samaila to allow her to take a sewing machine that she had bought for her daughter because it was not used.
Samaila reportedly refused to release the sewing machine and assaulted her mother-in-law during the process.
The woman reported the incident to Rimi Division police headquarters, prompting the police to invite the suspect to question him.
Dissatisfied with Samaila’s answers to basic questions, detectives were sent to search her house.
The investigation led to the discovery of the two women in very terrible conditions.
Items recovered from the house include large chains used by the suspect to detain the women, assorted charms and weapons.
In an interview at the police station, Fatima and Hadiza painted a horrible picture of their ordeal.
They alleged that their husband locked them in a room, after which he shaved his pubic hair and cut his nails with which he prepared a concoction which he forced them to consume.
Hadiza said, “Samaila never allowed us to leave the room. We did everything in the room; we bathe there and respond to the call of nature.
“He always chained us and only removed the chains when he wanted to have sex with one of us; he would have sex with one of us he loved, while the other watched. “
Hadiza also removed her veil to show her back, which was full of sores allegedly suffered by Samaila. She further alleged that the suspect used to whip her and Fatima with electric wires.
Fatima told police she was subjected to inhuman treatment for 10 months before Samaila married Hadiza, who joined her in captivity 10 weeks ago.
She explained that it was taboo for one of them to let her husband know when she was observing her monthly period, because he threatened to kill them if he found out that they were menstruating.
The two women could not say what was Samaila’s source of livelihood, but said he regularly returned home with several bundles of N500 tickets.
A Katsina-based non-governmental organisation, Gender Associates and Social Inclusion, has taken interest in the plight of the two women.
The group’s spokesperson, Hajiya Rabi Muhammed, said the organisation took the women to a hospital in Katsina for medical check-up on Wednesday.
She said, “We took the two women to a hospital in Katsina on Wednesday. We also counselled them and psyched them up. We also gave them some foodstuffs. “Those were the interim arrangements we made for them pending the time the police will complete their investigation.
“We shall definitely empower the victims to help them pick up their lives again. The two women have been returned to their villages.”