The jealous woman who cut off her co-wife’s baby son’s penis at Kuta village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, has been remanded in the Minna Medium Security Prison, by Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in the state capital.
The 22-year-old woman identified as Bara’atu Rabiu, was charged on Monday, June 27, on one-count of attempted homicide after she used a knife to slice off the manhood of her rival’s one-month old son out of anger, after the new wife gave birth to the child when she had been married to their husband, Mohammed Rabiu, for seven years without a child of her own.
It was gathered that Bara’atu allegedly cut off the baby’s penis to punish her husband for marrying a second wife.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the state, DSP Bala James, the suspect wanted to kill the victim who is named Buhari, after President Muhammadu Buhari, but the infant survived the attack.
“The woman used a sharp knife to cut through the genitals of the one-month-old baby. She had been married to her husband for seven years without any child. So, out of pressure, the man decided to marry a second wife.
When the second wife had a baby, she became angry and frustrated. She thought the best thing to do was to kill the child.
On June 21, around 10pm, she took the baby to the backyard of their house and used a sharp knife to cut off his penis.
The cry of the baby attracted neighbours, who rushed to the place and found him in a pool of blood. The suspect wanted to run away, but she was overpowered. She was handed over to the police, while the baby was taken to a hospital.”
The baby was taken to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Specialist Hospital, Minna, where a surgical operation to enable him to pass out urine was immediately performed.
The Head of Department, General Outpatient Ward of the hospital, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed, said the boy might never regain the use of his private parts, explaining that all the tissues in the affected part had been dead before he was brought to the hospital.
“He is doing well, health-wise. He survived the attack. However, there is no assurance of the penis getting back because all the tissues were dead when he was brought into the hospital. We just had to conduct a surgery for him to be able to pass urine.
Medically, for him to regain the use of his manhood will be difficult. If the team that was supposed to work on him had been around immediately, maybe the situation would have been different.
For such a case, you need a general surgeon, a neurologist and a plastic surgeon. But these were not available. His future right now is in the hands of God. Another possibility is if there is artificial attachment.
I really pity the boy’s condition. I cannot imagine that somebody will do this to a baby. It is better for the child to die than for him to be in this condition. Even if he survives, what purpose will he be living for?”
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