Furera Abubakar, 107, and Isah Hassan, 17, have been remanded in a detention facility by a Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly plucking out the eyeball of a 12-year-old kid.
The suspects were detained on March 29 by the Kano State Police Command for allegedly removing the Almajiri boy’s right eyeball for suspected charm purposes.
The first defendant, Isah, was allegedly ordered by the second defendant, Abubakar, to bring a human eye to be utilized in the preparation of a “appear and disappear” charm.
On Wednesday, April 6, the prosecution’s lawyer, Lamido Soron-Dinki, told the court that the defendants committed the crime on March 19 at Rimin Hamza Quarters, Tarauni Local Government Area, Kano State.
Abubakar and Isah, both residents of Dantsinke Quarters, Kano, are standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit culpable homicide.
Soron-Dinki alleged that on the same date at about 9:00 p.m, the defendants conspired, deceived and lured Mustapha Yunus to a nearby stream and plucked out his right eye with a sharp knife.
“As a result, the victim sustained grievous hurt and was rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment.”
The plea of the defendants were, however, not taken.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened the provision of sections 97 and 229 of the Penal Code.
The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, subsequently ordered the remand of the defendants in a correctional centre.
Jibril adjourned the matter until April 11, for further mention.