Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Maiduguri
Reports reaching Neptune Prime has confirmed that a senior student of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology, Maiduguri, has slit the throat of a 12-year-old junior student of the Islamic theology college, Jubril Mato.
According to reports, the SS2 student on Saturday 16 January 2022 had sent Jubril on an errand during the day which he refused and as a result cut his throat with a razor blade, cutting most of his arteries nerves and trachea.
The victim, who is the son of the late Kano State High Court Judge, Justice Muhammad Sadi Mato, is currently at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, lying in a critical condition, with little chance of survival.
At the moment, he is surviving on tracheostomy even as the doctors said it is difficult for him to regain his voice after having some of his veins cut.
Family sources who spoke to Neptune Prime accused school authorities of trying to cover up the incident because the perpetrator is a child of a highly placed individual and therefore reported that it was a domestic accident in which he fell down on a broken bottle.
A family source also confirmed that this is not the first case of armed violence in the college; there are several other cases relating to sexual abuse and armed violence, but the school management had swept them under the carpet.
“This can result in far-reaching and catastrophic consequences on the physical and mental state of any child. Because it is, amongst others, responsible for a decrease in academic performance and a high proportion of school dropouts, denying its victims the very right to education,” he said.
The incident which has sent shivers down the spines of observers on social media has gotten massive reaction with many users calling for the closure of the school and justice served.
As at the time of filing this report, efforts by this medium to reach the school principal, Kashim Ibrahim, for comments proved abortive as he did not respond to calls and text messages to his mobile phone.
Also, the Borno State PPRO, Sulaiman Kamilu, has not responded to calls and text messages sent to him for comments.