A chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta Lagos has remanded a 67-year-old fish farmer, Jeremiah Obrifor for cutting off the right hand of an 11-year-old boy, Goodluck Amaechi
Obrifor, who lives in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos with Victor, had on Friday, June 7, chopped off his hand with a machete for allegedly trying to steal fish in his (Obrifor’s) pond.
The unfortunate incident was reported to the police and the Obrifor was arrested.
“The victim was rushed to the Igando General Hospital. The suspect alleged that he saw the victim around his fish pond and thought that he came to steal his fish and that was why he attacked him. The police is already investigating the incident and the suspect will be taken to court,” said the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana.
A police prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Uwadione, brought Obrifor before the court on four counts bordering on attempted murder, grievous harm and unlawful assault.
Uwadione alleged that the defendant used a machete to cut off the boy’s right hand, whom he suspected to have entered his compound to steal his fish.