Soldiers beat man ac­cused of steal­ing man­hood at Rubochi

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - Sto­ries by Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Soldiers at Federal Govern­ment Col­lege (FGC) Rubochi, in Kuje Area Coun­cil of the FCT, have beaten a 52-year-old man ac­cused of steal­ing a vil­lager’s man­hood, forc­ing him to re­lease the man­hood to the owner.

An eye­wit­ness said the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Satur­day, which was the mar­ket day of the vil­lage, af­ter a 22-year-old man went to re­pair a wrist­watch at the sus­pect’s stand.

He said the sus­pect, who used to re­pair wrist­watch, dipped his hand in­side

the the vic­tim’s pocket and he im­me­di­ately dis­cov­ered that his man­hood has dis­ap­peared.

Ac­cord­ing to the wit­ness, the vic­tim hur­riedly left the mar­ket and rushed back home to in­form his fa­ther that his man­hood has dis­ap­peared, af­ter a wrist­watch re­pairer dipped his hand in­side his pocket.

“The fa­ther took the boy and went to in­form some soldiers sta­tioned at the Federal Govern­ment Col­lege and the soldiers went to ar­rest the man and took him to the chief ’s palace,” the wit­ness nar­rated.

He con­tin­ued: “When they got there, the chief, af­ter lis­ten­ing care­fully to their com­plant, told the soldiers that all he wanted was that the vic­tim’s man­hood be re­turned to him.”

The wit­ness added that af­ter the di­rec­tive from the chief, the soldiers took the sus­pect in­side their truck to the school’s premises, where they beat him, forc­ing him to ad­mit that he stole the vic­tim’s man­hood.

“It was af­ter that he re­turned the vic­tim’s man­hood. Two rings and some charms were also found on him,” he added.

City News fur­ther gath­ered that the sus­pect also used to travel to mar­kets in vil­lages to sell ear-rings and he was al­leged to have com­mit­ted a sim­i­lar crime in Abaji, mak­ing the Ona of Abaji to ban­ish him from the town.

When con­tacted, the tra­di­tional ruler of Rubochi com­mu­nity, Al­haji Ibrahim Mo­hammed Pada, con­firmed the in­ci­dent and de­scribed the sus­pect’s ac­tion as bar­baric.

He said when the case was re­ported to his palace he man­dated the soldiers to do all they could to get the man­hood back to the owner.

Ef­forts to get the re­ac­tion of the Rubochi Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer were not suc­cess­ful as he was not on seat when our re­porter vis­ited the po­lice sta­tion, but a po­lice of­fi­cer at the sta­tion con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

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