In Bauchi, police detained a juvenile herder after he allegedly amputated a farmer’s hand.
Operatives of the Bauchi State Police Command have arrested 15-year-old Adamu Ibrahim of Jital village along Gombe road for allegedly amputating a farmer’s hand following a disagreement.
The suspect was said to have, on several occasions, trespassed into the victim’s farmland while rearing his cows, a development that did not go down well with the victim.
A statement by the command’s spokesman, SP Mohammed Wakil, on Saturday revealed that a series of complaints to the suspect’s father by the victim for intrusion into his rice farmland also proved abortive as the suspect continued grazing on the farmer’s land.
“The 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. The suspect drew his machete and chopped off the left hand of the victim.
“On receiving this report, the Area Commander, Metropolitan swung into action and activated more preventive measures to avert circumstances that may result in a herder-farmer clash in the area and equally directed the arrest of the suspect,” Wakil stated.
He added that the victim has been rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for medical attention, and he is responding to treatment.