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Landlord in police net for cutting off 12-year-old boy’s right hand


By Lolo Ayaba

The quiet community of Mebamu, mechanic bus stop in Ojo area of Lagos was thrown into pandemonium on Friday morning, after a 60-year-old Landlord allegedly cut off the wrist of a minor Goodluck Ameachi with a machete.
Goodluck in the hospital

The primary six pupil, Goodluck who lives with his father and siblings at no 6 Ajanaku street, had gone with two of his friends to a swampy area behind their street to fish when he was attacked by a landlord whose house is beside the swamp.

According to residents in the community, it is commonplace to find fishes whenever it rains heavily in the different swamps within the community.

Victim’s account

Narrating what happened to him at the hospital, Goodluck said “my friends and I were playing within the community when we decided to fish in one of the swampy areas beside the man’s house. It was while we were at it that he cut my hand and my wrist fell off, blood started gushing out. As soon as my wrist fell off, he took it and ran off. I began to scream and shout for help at the top of my voice.”

“As I was shouting for help people gathered but they were scared to help because of the blood that was gushing out of my hands but they were using their phones to video the incident till a man who was riding bike came used a hand towel to wrap my hand.

Newsbeats gathered one of their neighbours and the bike rider carried Goodluck to NewLife hospital located at Afromedia but the refered them to General hospital Igando where he was eventually admitted.

According to one of Mr. Ikechukwu’s neighbours who took Goodluck to the hospital, “I was at home when I heard the news of the incident. Initially, we thought it was rituslists who cut off his hand so I ran to the scene only to find Goodluck bleeding, his clothes filled with blood.

Landlord cut 12-year-old boy's right hand in Lagos
The suspect with the cut hand

I carried him, as he was already getting weak, luckily a good Samaritan who had a bike used his clothe to tie the hands to reduce the bleeding. It was the same man that carry us with his bike to the first private hospital we went to. After they referred us to General hospital Igando, he still carried us there.

An eye witness Olukayode Bosun explained that “You won’t believe that while we were looking for the victims hand that was cut off, the suspects joined in the search. But for Goodluck and his friends who recognised the suspect we won’t have known he is this wicked.”

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“Some of the angry youths almost burnt the suspects building before the police from Okoko arrested him.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson Lagos State Police Command, DSP Elkana Bala said “On the 7th of June, 2019 at about 12.20pm one Doris Isaac ‘of No.6 Ajanaku Street, Okoko reported at Okoko Police Station that on the same date at about 8.20am, her foster son, Goodluck Ameachi of the same address, was attacked with a matchet by one Jeremiah Obifor of No.14 Isha Ibrahim street, Mechanic Bus stop, Mebamu, Okoko and cut off his right hand. The victim was rushed to Igando General Hospital. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to Court.”


 

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