A Fish farmer with name Jeremiah Oboifor, a male Nigerian of sixty-one year old is now cooling off in police net as he was alleged to have cut off an 11-year-old boy with a name Goodluck Amaechi!
The Spokesperson for the state command, DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement in Lagos on Sunday that the man cut off the boy’s hand who he suspected had come to steal his fish.
Elkana said that the suspect was arrested after the victim’s foster mother, Doris Isaac, reported the matter at the Okoko, police station.
He said that on June 7 at about 12.20pm the boy’s foster mother who resided at Ajanaku Street, Okoko, reported the matter at the Okoko police station.
The police spokesperson said that Obifor attacked the 11-year-old boy with a machete and cut off his right hand.
“The victim was rushed to Igando General Hospital.
“The suspect alleged that he saw the victim around his fish pond and thought that he came to steal his fish and that was why he attacked him.
“Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to court,” he said.
in other related developments, operatives of the Lagos state police command said it received a distress call that a mob action was going on at lawanson along itire, this was how the Anti crime team was promptly deployed to the scene
The police spokesman said One Justina Emmanuel with resident located at 10 Bishop Okogie Street, Ago and her daughter, munachisom Agugom was rescued
Narrating what transpired, Elkana said preliminary investigation shows that the victim is married to one of the suspect where it was established that they both own the child
“We also discovered the victim (Justina Emmanuel) is suffering from mental illness and that she’s being transported to the hospital when she raised alarm and some members of the public stopped the car and descended on the suspects”
Elkana said family members of the suspects and victims had come to the station and made a statement to the effect that the victim is actually suffering from mental illness
“Contrary to the allegation coming from the victim who was quoted as saying “that they were killed by her yet-to-be-confirmed husband for money rituals”, the other two children of the victim and the suspect were actually brought to the police station”
The suspects include One Joseph Agugom and Paul Agugom with same address with the victim that was rescued from mob action
The spokesman said the victim has been taken to the hospital by the police for medical re-evaluation, adding that the police have lunch a manhunt on those who participated in the mob action with a view of bringing them to justice
Elkana said members of the public are strongly advised to be more careful not to jump into conclusion on alarm raised by anybody adding that innocent persons have suffered death or bodily harm and inhuman treatment through jungle justice.
“Members of the public have powers to arrest anybody suspected of a crime but the law provides that such persons arrested should be handed over to the police immediately”
“It is only investigation that can determine the truthfulness or otherwise of the said allegation as our law presumes that every accused person remains innocent until proven guilty by the court of competent jurisdiction”