The choice of a senior student at Maiduguri’s El-Kanemi College of Islamic Technology to cut a student’s neck has aroused considerable indignation.
The Borno State Government established a five-man inquiry group yesterday to determine the root reasons of the catastrophe and recommend methods to prevent it from happening again.
Some civil society organisations including the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) have also vowed to take up the matter and ensure that the victim gets justice and the system is sanitised.
The Vice Chairman of NBA in Borno State, Barrister Yahaya Alhaji Dunoma, said his committee would be meeting with the management of the school to find out the real cause of the incident and see how the NBA could intervene to bring justice to the victim.
Jubril Sadi Mato, an 11 year-old JSS 1 pupil in the school also known as Ramadan, was said to have been attacked by the senior student for refusing to run an errand for him in the hostel.
According to sources within the school, Ramadan woke up in the wee hours of January 16, had his ablution and observed his early-morning prayer before he went about the day’s activities full of life.
But by nightfall when most students of the college retired to bed, Ramadan almost had his life snuffed out by an SS2 student named Ahmed Umar Goni a.k.a. Peros.
Peros was said to have sent Ramadan on an errand which the latter refused to go.
Angered by Ramadan’s refusal to carry out his order, Peros allegedly led him to a quiet place that fateful night where he used a razor blade to severely lacerate his neck, injuring most of his arteries and nerves in the process.
He then left his victim in the pool of his blood and fled the scene, following which Ramadan managed to drag himself to the principal’s office where he collapsed.
Ramadan was then rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.
The victim is said to be a son to a former judge of Federal High Court, Kano State, the late Justice Sadi Mato.
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