A yet to be identified individual suspected to be a ritualist has severed the wrist of a 7-year-old boy in Kwara State.
The incident happened in Pategi, a community in the Pategi local government area of the state. Reports had it that the victim, Usman Abubakar was whisked away alongside two other young male Quranic (Alimanjiri) students by the assailant at about 10:30 pm, on Monday, June 21.
Hours later, Abubakar’s whose right hand was cut off by the unknown person was found. The children are said to be Quranic students of one Mallam Aliu Adamu School in Pategi town.
Confirming the incident to newsmen on Tuesday in a statement, the Spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Babawale Afolabi, said the suspect fled with the severed hand.
He said: “The victim narrated how one man came to the town and lured him and two other Alimajiris to enter a car with the assurances that he was taking them to a place to give them enough food to eat,”
Afolabi added that “The suspect, who is now at large with the part of the hand he cut, then drove into a bush and when he was struggling to cut his hand the other boys (the other two Alimajiri) escaped from the suspect,”
“It was noticed that the victim has considerably lost a lot of blood. Hence, an officer was instructed to lead the people who brought the victim to Pategi General Hospital for prompt medical attention in order to save his life. Presently, our officer is in the hospital where the victim is being attended to.
“Efforts is also ongoing to alert and share the information with other security agencies in Pategi local government area so that the suspect could be arrested. Three other surveillance officers have also been directed to go to the scene of the incident as described by the victim,” he added.