Police in Kano arrest 17-year old boy, 100-year old woman for removing eyeball of an Almajiri for charm


The Kano State Police Command has said it arrested a 12-year old boy at Sheka community for removing the eyeball of an Almajiri for a charm preparation.

SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa the commands’ spokesperson disclosed the news in a press statement.

Kiyawa said “On the 20/03/2022 at about 1500hrs, a report was received from a resident of Sheka Dantsinke Quarters, Kumbotso LGA Kano, that an unknown person took one Mustapha Yunusa, ‘m’, 12 years old to Rimin Hamza Quarters, Tarauni LGA, Kano State, used a sharp knife and removed his right eyeball and fled with it to an unknown destination,”

He added that the victim was rushed immediately after moving to the scene, to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano, where a Medical Doctor confirmed that the eyeball of the victim was forcefully removed using a sharp object, and the victim was admitted to the said Hospital.

100-year old suspect, Furera

“Sustained efforts coupled with prolonged intelligence follow-up led to the arrest of the principal suspect, one Isah Hassan, ‘m’, aged 17 years old, of Dantsinke layin Rimin Hamza Quarters Tarauni LGA, Kano State, with the help of local Vigilante of Sheka Quarters on the 29/03/2022 at about 0100hrs.

“On investigation, the suspect confessed that he met his friend, Sani Abdulrahman, ‘m’, 16 years old, and asked him where he can get a charm that will make him be disappearing whenever he want. Sani directed him to his aged grandmother of 100 years old (as she claimed), one Furera Abubakar, ‘f’, of the same address. The principal suspect further confessed that he met Furera, and she instructed him to bring an eyeball of a human being to her so that he can prepare the charm for him. He went and deceived one street beggar (Almajiri), the victim, lured him to a nearby bush tied his hands and forcefully used a sharp knife and plucked his right eyeball. He took the eyeball to Furera and she told him to bring Five Hundred Naira (N500:00). As he did not have the money, Furera told him to keep it in a safer place and bring it when he get the money. He kept it for three days, later he discovered that the eyeball has decayed, and he then threw it away. Furera was subsequently arrested,”

The victim

The case according to Mr. Kiyawa has been transferred to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation and the suspect will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.