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Man plucks 10-yr-old boy’s eyes for rituals

Kaduna: Niger Republic national plucks 10-yr-old boy’s eyes for rituals


A 20-year-old man from Niger Republic, who is also a son of an Imam residing in a village in Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna State, was arrested recently along four others for allegedly plucking the two eyes of a 10-year-old Almajiri (street urchin) for rituals..

The culprit (name witheld) in an interview with Daily Sun at the Police headquarters in Kaduna said, one Mallam asked him to get the two eyes, which he promised to use in preparing charms that would make him invincible.

The suspect said he lured the boy to follow him to a nearby farm:

“When I took the boy to the bush, I tied him down and came back and told the chief priest. He gave me a concoction which I drank and another charm to tie on my waist.

“I went back to the boy in the bush, pinned him down to the floor after placing a charm given to me by the chief priest around his neck. I then plucked his two eyes with a sharp knife and took it to the chief priest.

“I was caught by the villagers when I went back to collect the hoe and knife I left at the scene.”

The culprit said he regretted committing the act because according to him he was not in his senses when the crime was committed:..

“I am a farmer and I do give people spiritual help before I was introduced into thisact.

“I worked with two male and female spirits which I named ‘Mallam’ an‘Bilki’.

“My father is from Niger Republic and an Imam in Birnin Gwari LGA has no knowledge of my involvement in these activities.

“He has once shown his disapproval of my movement with these people.”

He blamed the chief priest for continuously pestering him to be involved:

“I have never committed this act before. It is this chief priest, and one Soho Bello (not real name) who promised to pay me one million naira if I could bring the fresh human eyes to prepare charm for invisibility.

“Soho Bello said he will be taking it to a big man in Abuja.”

The 42-year-old Bello who was among those arrested, however denied his involvement in the act:

“I was at my farm in Jaji near Kaduna when the Nigerien and one other person accosted me that they will help me with weapon resistant and invincibility charm. “I did not set my eyes on them since January 2010 until last Sunday morning when I was arrested and taken to Birnin Gwari.”

The 63-year-old chief priest, who was caught by the police with the fresh eyes in his house, initially said that he had no choice than to admit all allegations against him, only for him to make a u-turn to say the Nigerien brought the fresh human eyes to him for safekeeping when the people who saw him as he went to recover his hoe were chasing him.

“I have no regret in this whole issue because I know I am innocent,” the chief priest insisted.

When our reporter contacted the victim (name witheld) at the National Eye Center, Kaduna, where he is receiving treatment, he said he is one of the over 70 almajirai (street urchins) of about his age who came from Bungudu in Zamfara State, to Kaduna. He said the suspect “asked one of his two wives to give me food when I came to his house begging.

“He took me to the bush to clear his farmland at the cost of N60.00)

“He asked me to lie with my back resting on my hands and close my eyes so that he can administer medicine for ‘knowledge’ on me. “He placed short rope-like charm around my neck which immediately sedated me.

“I could feel pains when he was plucking my eyes with a sharp object but I could not struggle. He dug a hole and buried me alive.

“I managed to push some sands on my face after he had left as I began to recover from the ‘sedative’ and shouted faintly upon hearing sounds of passersby who came immediately and rescued me.”

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Comment by WOGU AKACHUKWU C on June 2, 2010 at 9:46am
the best way to handle them is to give them their prick to chew
Comment by Omogoroye Festus on May 29, 2010 at 12:55pm
this is a dubious act , all the perpetrators must face the wrath of law.
Comment by Moses K Tawose on May 28, 2010 at 11:26pm
Now Sharia Law would be perfect in this case an eye for an eye, but what has Nigeria turn into. I would prefer him incarcerated for life for this act instead of the wrath of Sharia law. I has no compassion for all the perpetrator of this heinous act losing one eye sight for ignorance and stupidity. The victim need to survive wouldn't mind working for feeding him and now see the result of his trust. If he had an education he would have known better that he was walking into a trap.
Comment by Ekwutosi Uku on May 28, 2010 at 5:01pm
could someone pluck of his eyes and let him feel the pains
for God' sake why are so mean and heartless?
fool!instead of working in his farm and make ends meet, he is busy looking for charm
Comment by tijani idris afolabi on May 28, 2010 at 4:08pm
Here is my judgment everyone of them should be killed with that abuja man.i hope that abuja man is a wealthy man all that belongs to him should be giving to that poor boy.
Comment by SaintOkocha on May 28, 2010 at 2:44pm
So, What is the end of this evil matter.
What is the state or condition of the 10-yr-old boy.
If justice must prevail, the matter must be treated as though the boy was your only son.
If not, more this will continue to happen.
Comment by Gabriel Edem Archibong on May 28, 2010 at 2:24pm
This is a gruesome act by BLOODY CIVILIANS! Walahi.
Comment by kunle on May 28, 2010 at 1:51pm
terrible things dt happen in our country
Comment by Chika Ilonwa on May 28, 2010 at 1:33pm
This is unbelievable, are they shooting a movie?
Comment by oparemy byola addy on May 28, 2010 at 12:34pm
the right judgement is everyone involved including the rich man in abuja that send them eyes are to be plucked. court...................
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