What level of provocation would make a man attack his mother-in-law with a machete?

Only Usman Abdullahi can explain what was going through his mind when he allegedly committed the crime.

The 32-year-old man, was on Wednesday arraigned for assault before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos and he entered a “guilty plea”.

Abdullahi used a machete to cut Ladi Yakubu (his wife’s mother) and her three-year-old daughter (name withheld).

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He justified the attack on the woman and her baby because she claimed that he (the accused) was responsible for the death of his child.

Summarily, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, directed that the accused should be kept behind bars in prison pending sentence.

The magistrate then adjourned the case until May 31 for facts and sentence.

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