The police in Bauchi state has arrested a 15-year-old boy simply identified as Ibrahim for allegedly cutting off the hand of a farmer following a disagreement over the invasion and destruction of the victim’s farmland at Gital village, along Bauchi Gombe road.
According to the spokesperson of the police command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, Ibrahim had grazed his cows on the farmer’s land during which they reportedly destroyed the crops. He said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had on several occasions trespassed into the victim’s farmland while rearing his cows.
“The unfortunate incident followed a series of complaints to the suspect’s father by the victim for intrusion into his rice farmland by the suspect. Investigation revealed that on the 24th of August, 2023, the suspect who was armed with a stick and machete, mischievously invaded the victim’s farmland and destroyed the yet-to-be-ascertained value of crops.
A disagreement ensued, in the course of which the suspect stabbed the victim upon asking him to vacate his farmland. As a result, the victim’s left hand was chopped off. The suspect drew his machete and chopped off the left hand of the victim” he said
Wakil said that on receiving the report, the Area Commander, Metropolitan, swung into action and activated more measures to avert recurrence in the area and directed the arrest of the suspect. He said the victim was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for medical attention and he was responding to treatment.
Wakil added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Mohammed, while warning people to steer clear from intrusion into farmlands in the state, directed that the suspect be charged to court upon completion of the discreet investigation.