Abuja - A housemaid has been shot after it was alleged that she had abandoned her boss' three month old baby, Punch reports.
The suspect in the case, Alhaji Jamil Bala, is reported to have shot Umu-I-kulsum Inuwa in the neck and breast following an allegations that she had left the wailing baby unattended while she was doing laundry outside.
The suspect's wife is said to have left the child in Inuwa's care while she tended so some errands outside of the residence.
After requesting that Inuwa tend to the baby's needs, it is alleged that the housemaid left the child upstairs to complete some laundry that she had been doing prior to the child crying inside the residence.
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Upon Bala's discovery that his child was left crying, he became enraged, shooting the housemaid in the neck and injuring one of his guards with a stray bullet.
Bala has since denied that he shot the woman in anger and has insisted that the bullets were accidentally discharged while he was servicing his rifle.
"We all have different understandings. But this claim is totally false. As an educated man, why will I attempt to kill somebody just because a baby is crying? On that day, I sent one of my guards, Yahaya, to my room to bring the gun. I told him to take it downstairs and get me some quantity of engine oil to service the gun.
"I kept the gun at home for security reasons. I wanted to remove the bullets when I had an accidental discharge. The lady in question was far, washing clothes. And a guy who was supposed to fetch water for my mother was close to her. A bullet hit him as well, but his injury was minor," Bala stated.
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