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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 24 June 2022


Police launch manhunt for suspect who plucked pit Bauchi teenager's eyes

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The Bauchi State Police Command has launched a manhunt for one Ibrahim who allegedly removed the two eyes of a 16-year-old boy in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, who stated this in a media statement made available to journalists in the state on Friday, said that the incident happened on Thursday.

The statement was titled: “Police commence an investigation into the case of attempted culpable homicide.”

According to him, the said Ibrahim deceived the victim, Uzairu Salisu, a resident of Kwanan Gulmammu, Jahun Quarters area of the Bauchi metropolis, to his farm to work for him.

He said while on the farm, the suspect, a resident of the Rafin Zurfi area of the metropolis, attacked him and used a cable to remove his two eyes.

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said that the Ward head of Birshi, Mohammed Lawal, called the Police to inform them of the incident.

He said the Police swiftly moved to the scene and rushed the victim to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for medical attention.

The Police Spokesman said: “On Friday, 23rd June, 2022, at about 6:00pm, a distress call was received from the Ward head of Birshi, Mohammed Lawal, that a boy of about 16 years old was found in his pool of blood with his two eyes removed at Dutsen Jira of Yelwa Area Bauchi Metropolitan.

“A team of policemen led by the DPO of Yelwa moved to the scene of the crime and evacuated the victim to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi (ATBUTH) for treatment.

“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 knew 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 global best practices, the general public will be updated as the investigation unfolds.

“CP Umar Mamman Sanda 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 said following the incident, the Commissioner of Police urged parents and guardians to keep a careful watch on the whereabouts and activities of their children/wards.

“To this end, the Commissioner of Police reiterates the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance of 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.

“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.

“He enjoined the citizens 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,” he admonished.