By Our Correspondent
The Bauchi State Police Command has announced that it is investigating how the eyes of a 15-year-old boy were gorged by a man who lured him to a farm.
Narrating how the crime was committed, the Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said in a press release that the police received a distress call ar about 6 p.m. from the ward head of Birshi community, Mohammed Lawal, that a boy of about 16 years was found in the pool of his blood with two of his eyes removed at dutsen Jira of Yelwa area Bauchi metropolitan.
He said a team of policemen, led by DPO Yelwa, moved to the scene of the crime and evacuated the victim to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi (ATBUTH) for treatment.
Wakil added: “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 he knows for some time, lured him to the bush for a menial job on his farm.
“The suspect, Ibrahim, 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 the global best practices, the general public will be updated as the investigation unfolds.”
Wakil said the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Mamman Sanda, has vowed to get to the root of the matter “and ensure that erring culprits of this dastardly act are brought to book to ensure deterrence of future occurrence.”
He conveyed the state commissioner’s advice to parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance on the activities of their wards.
“It is pertinent now more than ever that the whereabouts of wards and the company they keep are constantly kept in check by all those responsible,” he said, adding, “Community leaders, elders and authoritative persons should also ensure to keep an eye on happenings within their environment and ensure the needed intervention before situations degenerate.”
The commissioner enjoined the people of the state not to relent in partnering with the police, especially with information, to remain vigilant, and report any suspicious or abnormal movement to the police.
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