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Ikechukwu Amaechi, whose 11-year-old son, Goodluck’s wrist was allegedly chopped off by 61-year-old Jeremiah Obifor penultimate Saturday, shares his pain with SIMON UTEBOR

Tell us more about yourself.

I am from the Ehime Mbaino Local Government Area of Imo State. The boy, Goodluck, is my second child.

What class is he?

He is in primary five. He attends a private school in Okokomaiko, Lagos State.

Has your son been going to the house of his assailant before the incident?

No. Jeremiah Obifor fenced his house round. One can’t enter into the house except someone opens the gate.

Where did this incident happen?

It took place at a canal. The canal is like three to four streets away from our own street. My son and other children were inside the canal and the canal passes through the man’s backyard.

What was your son doing in the canal?

My son and other children, out of adventure, used to go to the canal to catch fish.

Is it because of the fish they were trying to catch that made the man become angry or was there more to it?

I still cannot fathom why he chopped off my son’s wrist. I have yet to know the reason.

Do you have any relationship with the man or did any of you offend him before?

I do not even know the man. I saw him for the first time at the police station the day the incident occurred.

How did you feel when you first saw your child?

As I talk to you, I am still unsettled; I have not recovered from the shock. It would have been better for the man to kill me than cutting off my child’s wrist. I still cannot control my emotion seeing my son with one hand. He has only left hand now – the right hand is no more.

Did he say the reason for his action?

I don’t really know because on the day the incident happened, I was not at home. I have gone to work. I sell medicine inside buses. As I was hawking the medicine, one of my neighbours called and asked me to come home immediately. I asked him what the problem was and he said I should stop whatever I was doing and rush home.

Curiously, I further asked him what was really wrong. It was then he said someone chopped off my son’s wrist.

What thought ran through your mind after your neighbour broke the news to you?

I thought Goodluck was fighting with his mate. As I was ruminating on that, another person called me asking where I was and I told him I was on my way home. As the calls became too many, I dropped off from vehicle and mounted a commercial motorcycle.

When I dismounted from the bike at our bus stop, many people accosted me and started following me. I wondered why people were following me in such a manner. Those following me said we should go to police station. When we reached Okokomaiko Police Station, they told me to see the man that cut my son’s wrist. I enquired about my son and they told me he was rushed to the hospital.

I learnt he was first taken to a private hospital and the hospital rejected him. The private hospital thereafter referred him to a General Hospital, Igando, where my son was later admitted.

When I got to the police station, they showed me the suspect. They also showed me the severed wrist. I nearly ran mad. They brought the wrist inside plate having poured ogogoro (gin) on it. It was a pathetic sight.

What did the witnesses tell you?

People who were around there when the incident happened said the man cut the wrist and hid it. When my son was shouting ‘my hand, my hand’, his friends whom they went together to fish ran away screaming.

People rushed to the scene and asked him what happened. He told them that Obifor chopped off his wrist. They asked and he denied it. They didn’t believe him.

He had thrown the wrist inside the canal. It was the blood that flowed through the canal that people used to trace the severed wrist.

The man, who first saw the wrist, said it was still shaking and he dropped it on the ground. It was another person that picked it. When they saw the wrist, the angry neighbours started to beat the suspect. It was in that process that he confessed that he cut off my boy’s wrist. It was policemen on patrol that came to rescue the man and took him to the station.

Is the man mentally unstable?

I don’t think so. As I saw him in the police station, he was healthy. There was no sign of mental sickness. The man even boasted at the police station that the boy was lucky that he did not cut off his head.

What do you intend to do now?

I am confused. On my own, I do not know what to do. I am a poor man. I do not have anybody. I
want the help of people and the relevant authorities to assist me in order to ensure that justice is served in this matter.

Each time I see the boy, tears drop off my eyes. How can he cope with one hand, right hand for that matter, in this life? It would have been better if I am dead than to see my son living with one wrist. I cannot endure it.

How did your wife feel about the situation?

I lost their mother four years ago. Since the death of their mother, I have been the only one working to take care of them. They are four – three boys and a girl. My in-laws took two children and left two for me.

What decisions have your relations taken on the matter?

My elder brother came and we went to the station together a day after the incident. My brother was shouting at the station and the Divisional Police Officer calmed him down. He asked him not to worry that the matter would be handled professionally. The DPO also said even if the boy killed all the fish, since the suspect is claiming that my son went into his compound to kill fish in his fishpond, it was not worth chopping off his wrist.

We are looking up to the police and well-meaning individuals to help us. We need justice in this matter.

What did your son tell you about the incident when you saw him?

When I asked my son, he told me that the man just came, lifted up his hand and cut his wrist off. I asked him the number of times the man cut him. He said he did it once with a sharp machete.

Who is responsible for the medical bill of the victim?

I was not around when some people came to the hospital. I was told that they said they were officials of a non-governmental organisation. I do not know if they were the people that settled the bill. I was not in the hospital when they came. My brother waited at the hospital while I went to the police station. My brother told me that the general hospital said they would pay the bill. For now, that is where we are regarding the medical bill.

Is the suspect assisting with your son’s medical bill?

No. We never collected any money from the man. The man’s family came and pleaded that we should settle. I told them I didn’t know what to settle with them. We never collected any money from them.

Where is the suspect from?

He is said to be an Urhobo man from Delta State.

Did you have any omen about the incident?

No. The boy goes to school. It was because of the Sallah holidays they did not go to school on the day the incident happened.

What reasons did the suspect give for committing the act?

The suspect said they came inside his compound and killed fish from his fishpond. I reminded him that he fenced his house. They did not enter his compound; did not scale his fence; did not open his gate. How come he accused them falsely?

Are the police handling the matter to your satisfaction?

One police officer there, though he has been transferred out of the station, was trying to be funny. I did not understand the way he was talking. It was the DPO that said what I liked. He said even if the boy killed all the fish, it did not warrant his hand being chopped off. But some junior officers there are behaving funny.

I do not know if the man gave them money. Some of them were telling my relatives things like if they liked me so much, why didn’t they cater to some of my children and all that.

Like I told you earlier, my people took two of my children and left two for me. I do not know what their issue is in that.

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