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A 28-year-old man, Misbahu Salisu, has allegedly poisoned his day-old baby girl to death because he preferred a male child.

The man who lives in Doka Baici, Tofa Local Government Area, was arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board on Friday.

His arrest was announced by the board in a statement issued in Kano by the deputy commander general, operations, Mujahid Aminudeen.

Mr Aminudeen said that the suspect had informed officials of the board that he gave the baby a local insect killer, Otapiapia.

“Salisu also drugged the mother of the baby, Sa’ade, with a cup of tea which contained sleeping tablets before carrying out the criminal act.

“The suspect confessed to the crime, saying he preferred a male child but his wife gave birth to a female, which prompted him to end the baby’s life”, the official said in the statement.

He said that the suspect had been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

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