Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Mamman Sanda has expressed sadness over the eye plucking of a 16-year-old boy for ritual in the state.
The CP 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.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the Command’s spokesperson, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, on Friday.
The statement revealed that at about 1800hrs a distress call was received from the ward head of Birshi Mohammed Lawal, that a Boy of about 16 yrs was found in his pool of blood with two of his eyes removed at Dutse Jira of yelwa area Bauchi metropolitan.
According to the statement, a team of Policemen led by DPO Yelwa moved to the scene of the crime and evacuate the victim to Abubakar Tafawabalewa 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 knows for some time lured him to the Bush for a menial job on his farm, and used a cable wire to strangle him 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.
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, be 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 citizenry of the State not to relent in partnering with the Police, especially with information but to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal movement to the police.