A 61- year- old fish pond owner, Jeremiah Obrifor, arrested by operatives of Lagos state Police Command for allegedly cutting the right hand of an 11-year- old boy, has given reasons for his action.
”It was not the boy’s hand that I targeted. It was the fishing hook that I targeted so that he would not succeed in taking the fish in his hook, but the devil which must have been sent by people from my village who envy me out of hatred and jealousy because I am a successful man made me to miss the target just to put me in this trouble.
‘’Let me give you a little background of my life before the devil struck. I used to buy baby fish, about 3000, buy fish food and nurse the fish for five to six months before harvesting them.
‘’I used to buy my fish for N2000 and by the time I started harvesting I would make like N450,000 to #500,000 excluding the ones I will give to my neighbours as gifts.
‘’Let me tell you why I cut the boy’s right hand. I was living outside my house and every week, I go there to inspect the pond at No. 14 Isha Ibrahim street, Mechanic bus stop, Mebanu, Okokomaiko, a suburb of Lagos.