The removal of a 16-year-old teenager’s eyes by a “friend” who allegedly lured him to the bush to commit the heinous act has sparked palpable fury in Bauchi.
The Bauchi Command of the Nigerian Police, through its PPRO, Ahmed Wakil, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Friday. He said that one Ibrahim of Rafin Zurfi, whom the victim had known for some time and who lured him to the bush for a menial job on his farm, forcibly removed the teenager’s eyes.
A teenager of about 16 years old was discovered in a pool of blood with two of his eyes removed at Dutsen Jira in the Yelwa region of Bauchi in the metropolitan area, according to a distress call that was received from the Ward Head of Birshi Mohammed Lawal at around 1800 hours on Thursday.
“A team of police officers headed by the DPO of the Yelwa division arrived at the crime scene and transported the victim for medical attention to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital in Bauchi (ATBUTH).
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the victim’s name is Uzairu Salisu ‘M’ of kwanan Gulmammu Jahun Quarters. The victim stated that One Ibrahim of Rafin Zurfi whom the victim has known for some time lured him to a Bush for a menial job on his farm where the suspect used a cable wire to strangulate the victim and remove his two eyes.
“While the victim is currently in the hospital receiving medical attention as demanded by global best practices, the general public will be updated as the investigation unfolds.
“To this end, the commissioner of Police reiterates the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance of the activities of their wards,” he said.
The PPRO added that Umar Sanda, the commissioner of police, has committed to investigating the incident thoroughly and seeing that those responsible for the heinous conduct are held accountable.
While promising to work with all pertinent security organizations to find the culprits of the act, some people who spoke with our reporter voiced their indignation at the occurrence.