NINE-month-old Buhari Muhammad, whose genital was cut off by his step-mother, has undergone first corrective surgery at the Federal Medical Centre, Bida, Niger.
Mariam Kolo, director-general of the state Child Rights Protection Agency, said on Friday that the surgery was part of the series of operations that the boy would undergo.
She said, “He was operated upon by four neurologists and he is responding to treatment.
“Several other tests will still be conducted to prepare him for the next operation.”
Muhammad’s genital was cut off by his 17-year-old stepmother, Bara’atu Muhammad, when he was barely a month old.
The incident occurred in Dafe community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger in June 2016.
The step-mother had confessed that she took the action because she was jealous and that she also wanted to get back at the victim’s mother, whom, she claimed, was always insulting her.
Muhammad was subsequently remanded in Minna prison.
Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer, said that the suspect was still in Minna Prison, pending the conclusion of investigations.
He said, “Under the Police Criminal Law, the suspect is an adult, she is above seven years; therefore, she can be convicted and hanged for the offence.” – NAN
— Feb 27, 2017 @ 01:00 GMT