THE police in Matari area of Bauchi State, have arrested a suspected ritualist, Tukur Adamu, for allegedly plucking off the eyes of his neighbour’s seven-year-old child.
Spokesman of the victim’s family, Yakubu Bello, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos, on Monday, that the suspect committed the offence at Matari village, on the border between Plateau and Bauchi, on October 17, at about 5.00 p.m.
“On the fateful day, the suspect came into the compound of the family of the victim under the pretext of plucking a herbal flower.
“But after plucking the flower, the suspect cajoled the minor into the bush, as he was alone in the compound, since his grandmother had gone out to to fetch firewood.
“When the grandmother came back, she could not find the boy in the house.
“A search party was immediately dispatched to look for the victim within the locality, but he was found the following morning with his two eyes removed, while his intestines were bulging out from a deep cut,” Bello said.
According to the spokesman, the ward head of Matari village, Musa Mai-Ungwa, was promptly informed of the incident.
“The traditional ruler directed the family to take the boy to a primary health centre in the village, while the police were invited to the scene,” Bello said.
The spokesman said Adamu was immediately picked as the suspect who committed the crime because he was the last person seen with the boy.
NAN learnt that the suspect was still being detained by the police in Bauchi.
A senior police officer, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident, and told NAN that investigations had begun concerning the matter.