Kaduna former lecturer shoots wife, commits suicide

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A retired Kaduna State Polytechnic lecturer, Mr. Austin Umera, Thursday shot his wife, Dr. Maurin Umera, a part-time lecturer at the Department of Languages in Kaduna State University (KASU) before committing suicide over a domestic quarrel at his residence in Kigo road, Kaduna.

Austin, who lectured at the Department of Languages of the polytechnic before his retirement, had argued with his wife and threatened to shoot her if she talks further. The incident happened around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Guardian reports.

His son, who witnessed the hot exchange, told newsmen that “it was like a joke. When my father said he would shoot my mom, she couldn’t believe him.

All of a sudden, I heard a gunshot. I ran to my mom to take her to a nearby hospital when I heard the second shot. This time, it was my father that shot himself on the head. He died instantly.”

Also, speaking, a neighbour said: “We heard gunshots from the house and we quickly called the emergency number. Immediately, the policemen arrived at the residence.

The police took the injured wife to the hospital because she was shot in the eyes. While the dead body of her husband was lying on the ground. His body was later deposited at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital mortuary.”

As of the time of filing this report, the injured wife was still receiving treatment at the 44 Army Reference Hospital Accident and Emergency Unit.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident, saying the investigation had since commenced. He added that a locally-made pistol was recovered from the scene.

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