Circumcision Tragedy: 9-month-old baby’s mother cries for help

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By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—The nine-month old boy, Oyintari, whose penis was cut off during an ill-fated circumcision by his grandfather, is in need of help.

The incident, it would be recalled, occurred at the coastal town of Ondewari in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on February 5.

His mother, Mrs Eudora Michael, 35, who stated this at Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where the child is on admission, said the boy was at risk and needs the assistance of the Bayelsa State government and well-meaning Nigerians.

According to her, “since this sad incident occurred, we have been running around to raise money; we have borrowed and are in big debt. My husband has gone to the village to gather money, but people are not forthcoming with help.

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Mother and child

“People who had given us loans are not willing to give us more, when we have not paid what we borrowed. We are even surviving at the mercy of doctors, who are spending their own money when they see that we are unable to provide the drugs they prescribe.”

The baby, according to medical sources, may be scheduled for corrective plastic surgery to reconstruct the urinary system to enable him pass urine normally.

She appealed to the wife of Bayelsa State governor, Dr Rachael Dickson, and kind-hearted Nigerians to assist financially with medical bills to save her baby, adding that her jobless husband had no means to settle the exorbitant medical bills.

Circumciser arrested

Meanwhile, the Police in Bayelsa, yesterday, confirmed the arrest of the 59-year-old traditional health practitioner, Mr. Ziworitin Keke, performed the ill-fated circumcision on the child.

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DSP Asinim Butswat, spokesman of the state Police Command, disclosed that Keke was already in custody, while investigation is ongoing.

He said: “We arrested the suspect, following a report of the circumcision incident; he is currently in our custody.

“He was arrested on Saturday and hopefully, subject to the outcome of the investigation, prosecution will follow.”

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