It was a day of horror. And even now, the people of Mararaba Liman Katagum in Bauchi Local Government area of Bauchi State still shudder in utter shock and disbelief. A resident of the area recently sliced off the manhood of Ayuba Halilu, a 12-year-old boy. The suspect is one Tukur Illiyasu, 25.
Tukur was alleged to have cut off little Ayuba’s penis and disappeared with the organ after begging the boy to accompany him to the bush in the village to fetch firewood.
The boy, who was also slashed in the throat by Tukur, miraculously survived the ordeal after being hospitalised for nearly three months.
Now that the boy is left without a penis, Ayuba’s family is not happy with the police for what they termed as the law enforcement agency’s nonchalant attitude towards the inhuman act.g
They indeed expressed concern that the police did not obtain any statement since the incident occurred on Januray 3. The family also observed that that the police are not making enough efforts to arrest Tukur who has since fled the area.
When our correspondent visited their home in Mararaban Liman Katagum, the sadness that enveloped the family was palpable. While Ayuba’ s mother wept uncontrollably, his father, Malam Halilu Liman could hardly restrain himself from getting emotional.
The sad fate that befell the Liman family is obviously shared by the entire community as they all condemned Tukur’s action and implored the police to bring Tukur to book.
They are appealing to the state governor, Isa Yuguda to intervene to ensure justice is done quickly. They are also calling on well-meaning Nigerians to come to Ayuba’s aid to save the boy’s future.