A 17-year-old Isah Hassan, popularly known as Shahidai, has been arrested for removing one eye of a 12-year-old Mustapha Yunusa of Dan Tsinke area of Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State.
Shahidai removed Mustapha’s eye on the order of a traditional herbalist – a 107-year-old woman to do a ‘disappearing charm’ for him.
Sayyada Furera Abubakar, however, denied the accusation levelled against her, saying she just wanted to assist him with traditional medicine.
“I am just a traditional herbalist. He’s lying, I have more than 50 grandchildren and I did not remove theirs. Why should I do that?”
Speaking, the father of the boy, Dahiru Ahmad said he took him to his best friend, Malam Arma, for schooling in Dan Tsinke area.
“I received a call that my son was at Murtala Hospital. Upon arrival, I was told that some bad eggs ambushed, attacked and removed his eye. We thank God with the aid of the police and the medical personnel, they have tried their best and the boy has recovered now surviving with one eye.
“Yesterday, around 1am, I received a call that the boy who removed my son’s eye had been arrested and he had confessed that he committed the offence.”
Ali Abdulhamid is the Vigilante commander of Dan Tsinke who arrested the culprit. He said, “We arrested Shahidai along the border of Kumbotso and Tarauni. He removed the boy’s eyes two weeks ago and to God be the glory, we arrested him while trying to remove another one.
“One of our personnel reported the case to us that one boy wants to commit a crime and is asking for his support to do it. He told us the nature of the crime and we asked him to go ahead and play along.
“From there, he asked him to come along with a knife that he will use in removing the eye and still we asked him to give him and followed them behind to the crime scene where we successfully arrested the culprit.”
Shahidai confessed to having committed the crime.
Reacting to the development, the police command in Kano through its spokesman, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the police would investigate the case and charge them accordingly.