The 67-year-old fish farmer, Jeremiah Obrifor who was accused of cutting off the wrist of an 11-year-old boy in Lagos has sworn that his intention was to save his fish and not to harm the kid identified as Goodluck Amechi.
On June 7, 2019, some children including Goodluck were alleged to have attempted to steal fish from his pond located at No 14 Isha Ibrahim Street, Mechanic Bus stop, Mebamu, Okokomaiko area of the state. Enraged by their audacity, Obrifor was alleged to have cut off the wrist of Goodluck while he was about to take one of the fishes from the pond. It took the timely intervention of policemen attached to Okokomaiko police division to save him from being lynched by angry residents who invaded his house after the incident.
Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Elkana Bala, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that anti-riot policemen were immediately deployed to forestall possible breakdown of law and order. “Later that day, one Doris Isaac who lives at No. 6 Ajanaku Street, Okoko reported that her foster son, Goodluck Amechi was attacked by Obrifor and he cut off his right hand. The suspect alleged that, he saw the victim around his fishpond and thought that he came to steal his fish and that is why he attacked him. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to court at the end of investigation”, the police spokesman added. Read more