The Bauchi State Police Command has launched an investigation into the removal of a 12-year-old boy’s eye by suspected ritualists in Kafin-Madaki, Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a statement on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, said the victim, Najib Hussaini, is an Almajiri from Kano state.
According to the PPRO, two unknown persons on a motorcycle lured the minor into the bush in an isolated area of the village, plucked out his right eye and abandoned him in his pool of blood.
The statement reads: “The Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command, CP Aminu Alhassan, has ordered a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstance that led to the pluck of a twelve-year-old boy’s eye by unknown persons in Kafin-Madaki, Ganjuwa LGA, Bauchi.
“Najib Hussaini ‘m’ 12yrs old, an indigene of Kano state, who was attending quranic education (Almajiranci) in Kafin-Madaki was barely a year in the state when the incident occurred on 9th December 2022 at about 0200hrs at Unguwar Yamma, not far from the victim’s school (Tsangaya).
“It was revealed that two unknown people who came on a motorcycle (Bajaj) lured the victim to a nearby house to assist them to call a lady.
“They took the victim on their bike straight to an isolated area near Hanyar Gonar Wakili of the same village, where they stopped the motorcycle near a bushy area and forcefully plucked the right eye of the victim and consequently abandoned him in his pool of blood.
“The victim managed to reach a point where he was sighted by some of his colleagues who rushed him to their teacher. The incident was reported to the Ganjuwa Divisional Police Headquarters; a discreet investigation commenced in earnest and the victim was rushed to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi (ATBUTH).
“The Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command, CP Aminu Al Hassan, appealed to the general public to always be security conscious and report strange people and suspicious movements in their communities. He also assured that perpetrators of criminal acts would be apprehended soon.”