A 27-year-old man, Lekan Adelaja has been arrested by the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly cutting off the penis of his one-year-old nephew, Basheeru Akintoye.
Also in the police net is one Obinwanne Onukwo who was accused of sending Adelaja to severe the young boys genitals.
The boy was attacked while his mother, Abidemi, was out visiting her lover, Fatai, while her husband was also out to work.
Akintoye was said to have been rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.
Fatai was earlier arrested for the crime while Abidemi was arrested for negligence.
Our correspondent, however, learnt that the police arrested the prime suspect and also recovered the penis.
The penis, it was learnt, had already decayed.
A source said, “We knew that Fatai and Abidemi were not the ones that cut off the penis so we continued to investigate the matter. We clearly established that the crime was an insider job and we began questioning all those that were in the compound at the time.
“After interrogation, Adelaja confessed that he was the one that cut off the penis. He said one Obinwanne Onukwo promised to pay him N30, 000 for the penis. We believe they wanted to use the penis for ritual purpose.”
Onukwo, however, denied sending Adelaja to cut bring him a penis.
He said if he was the one that sent Adelaja to cut off the baby’s penis, why did he (Adelaja) hold onto it for over a week after cutting it off?
Our correspondent learnt that Fatai and Abidemi had been released by the police.
The baby’s father, Ibrahim, told PUNCH Metro that he had spent all he had on medical bills in a bid to save his son’s life.
He said Basheeru would undergo a surgery on Friday.
“From the day the incident occurred, I have been spending money. I am just a security guard and I don’t earn much, but I am determined to ensure that my son does not die,” he said.
Asked how he felt when he discovered that it was his cousin that cut off Basheeru’s penis, he said, “He (Adelaja) is my cousin. We don’t live in the same house, but we live in the same compound. He is not completely stable mentally, but he is not the violent type.
“My son has suffered too much in the hands of people who should protect him.”
When our correspondent visited the children’s ward on Wednesday, Basheeru was seen playing with his parents.
PUNCH Metro observed that a pipe had been attached to the baby’s private part to enable him to urinate.
A doctor, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said there was no guarantee that the baby would regain full use of his penis.
She said, “Basheeru’s case is that of penile amputation. If the penis had been found on time, we could have reattached it but it is too late now as it has decayed. We will, however, do our best to ensure that he regains the use of the penis.
“He is still young and we are hoping that after a reconstructive surgery, the penis would work again and he would be able to reproduce.”
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the suspect would be charged to court this week.