Operatives of the police command in Kano took into custody two suspects, an elderly lady of 100 years, and a 17- year- old boy, for plucking out the eye of a 12- year- old boy to use in preparing charms.
According to SP Abdullahi Haruna- Kiyawa, the state police command’ s police PRO, they found the boy whose eyeball had been removed.
After interrogating the suspect, Isah Hassan, he admitted to maiming the 12- year- old boy, Yunusa Mustapha.
File photo: the suspect, Hassan.
Hassan confessed that he was instructed by the old woman, Furera Abubakar, to bring the eyeball of a human to her, in order to have a charm prepared for him that would give him the ability to disappear.
So, he cajoled his victim Yunusa, a beggar on the street, taking him to a bushy area, where he tied him up and used a knife to remove his right eyeball from his eye socket, leaving him badly wounded.
Tarauni Local Government Area.
The incident took place at Rimin Hamza Quarters, in Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano. When the police got to know about the incident, operatives were swiftly dispatched to the crime scene.
Yunusa was taken to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, where the doctor who checked him confirmed the removal of his right eye with a sharp object. The investigations of the police eventually resulted in the arrest of Hassan.
The old woman.
In his confessions, he said that he met a friend of his, Sani, whom he asked where he could obtain a charm to enable him to disappear.
The friend directed him to meet his (Sani’ s) grandmother, 100 years old, to get what he wanted. So he did, and the woman asked for an eyeball of a human being.
When he took Yunusa’ s eyeball to the old woman, Furera, she told him to bring N500, but he didn’ t have it, so she instructed him to keep the eyeball safe and bring it when he had the N500.
He had the organ with him for three days, before noticing that it decayed, so he disposed of it. The old woman was also apprehended by police, and the case has now been moved to the police force’ s CID (Criminal Investigation Department) for further probing.