With the recent craze to make it by hook or crook and coupled with the pressure to leave big and affluent lifestyle amongst citizens, many people are engaging in all sorts of nefarious and dubiously evil activities to make ends meet irrespective of whoever falls victim to their evil schemes and manipulations.
Just recently, News sources reported the tragic story of an innocent young girl who was a victim of ritual mutilation
The incidence was reported to have occurred in Bauchi state as a 20-year-old man was reportedly arrested by the police for allegedly cutting off the private parts of a six-year-old child for ritual purposes.
This sad announcement was made known to the general public by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, in a statement presented to journalists on Friday January 1, 2021.
The police gave a narration of what transpired and how they had initially received a complaint by the aunt of the victim, they swung into action and arrested the suspect while his accomplice was still at large.
Wakil further stated that when the police rushed the victim to the hospital, a medical doctor confirmed that her private parts had been tampered with.
He said, “On December 30, 2020 around 7.20pm, one Hafsatu Wada of Zango area of Jama’are Local Government Area reported at the Jama’are Police Station that her niece, Safarau Mohammed (not real name), six, of the same address was found crying in a pool of blood.
“Upon the receipt of the complaint, a patrol team led by the DPO of the Jama’are Division visited the scene and rushed the victim to the General Hospital, Jama’are. There, a medical doctor confirmed that her private parts had been cut off with a sharp object. The victim was immediately referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare for more medical response.”
In the statements of the police public relations officer, they confirmed that upon reception of the report, their inquiry and investigations led to the arrest of one Adamu Ra’uf, 20, of Gandu Jama’are, adding that on interrogation, the suspect confessed to have conspired with one Abdulkadir Haladu of Chikamidari area of Jama’are to perpetrate the crime.
He further revealed that “Abdulkadir is currently at large but necessary measures are being put in place for his immediate arrest. Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
As a follow up to this ugly Incidence Wakil also disclosed that four other teenagers were held in custody for being in possession of weapons and armed robbery. Further investigation revealed that the suspects allegedly belonged to a cult group called “Bager.”
He said that the gang leader, one Idris Yakubu, 18, was first arrested for armed robbery while his members were later arrested at a hotel in the metropolis.
According to him, useful information given by Yakubu led to the arrest of his other gang members namely: Umar Abdullahi, Hassan Lawal, 18 and Sadik Illyas, 18, of Katako, Jos, Plateau State.
Criminals activities are daily on the increase in various parts of the country despite the efforts of the Nigerian police force to tackle these situations. The most disturbing factor is the reality that these evil activities are perpetrated much more by very young and promising youths who are supposed to be the leaders and future of the nation.
Many well-meaning Nigerians are deeply worried about this ugly trend and what the future holds for the country. Others are furious at how far the country had degenerated and how badly its leadership has failed its citizens and especially the youths. Most frustrating and disappointing of all is the fact that criminal activities has gradually overtaken the core essence of traditional values and moral responsibility once practiced and witnessed in the labours of our heroes past.
Gift Joseph Okpakorese