The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested three persons for allegedly removing the eyeballs of a 16-year-old Uzairu Salisu.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Ahmed Wakili, announced on Monday that the command has arrested one Isaac Ezekiel, 32, of Rafin Zurfi, Yelwa area of Bauchi in connection with the dastardly act.
DAILY POST reports that the police earlier arrested one Nensok Bawa, 38, of Kabwir District in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State as well as Yohana Luka (AKA Doctor Samu), 52, of Golbong Village, Amper District also of Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State in connection with the crime.
The PPRO stated that, “Sequel to the case of a suspected ritualist who plucked the eyes of a minor, during a terrifying incident which occurred in the Jira Mountains, Yelwa area of Bauchi metropolis, the suspect, Isaac Ezekiel, 32 years of Rafin Zurfi, Yelwa, Bauchi metropolitan has been arrested and he voluntarily confessed to the unfortunate crime.”
He disclosed that a prompt search of his house by the Police led to the recovery of Uzairu Salisu’s eyeballs.”
“Exhibits recovered from the suspect included the two human eyeballs in a calabash, cable wire used in perpetrating the heinous act and a travelling bag containing some native medicine.”
Findings, according to the police revealed that in April 2022, the principal suspect, Isaac Ezekiel conspired with the two other suspects to conceive the idea to commit the atrocity of getting the eyeballs of a human being.
He added, “On June 24, 2022 at about 0900hrs, the principal suspect, Isaac Ezekiel reportedly lured one Uzairu Salisu, 16 years of Jahun, Bauchi metropolis into a nearby bush for a casual job on his farm, then he (Ezekiel) used a cable wire to strangulate the victim into a state of coma and used a knife to remove his two eyeballs for a ritual purpose.
“Investigation is in progress, after which the suspects will be charged to court.
“The task has not been an easy one, but in line with our constitutional mandate, we shall remain fierce, tireless, and relentless in committing ourselves to the safety and security of lives and property of the people of Bauchi state and the country at large”, the PPRO assured.