By Mojola Aturamu
A 59-year-old step-grandfather, Mr. Keke Ziworitin, mistakenly chopped off half of his eight-month-old step-grandson’s penis in Bayelsa State during circumcision.
The incident reportedly occurred in the coastal community of Ondewari in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
Ziworitin, it was learnt on Thursday, was reportedly carrying out circumcision on the little boy when he erroneously chopped off half of his genitals. Some community sources said Ziworitin had been in the business of circumcision for many years.
He was said to have sent for the mother of the unnamed boy, asking her to bring him for circumcision. But the father of the boy, Mr. Joseph Michael, claimed that his wife took the child for circumcision without informing him.
Michael said he only got information that his son’s penis had been cut off during circumcision.
He said “After cutting off my boy’s penis, he told my wife to leave the child with him for at least three weeks so that he could treat him.
‘’But my wife refused because the boy was bleeding and she rushed him to a health centre.”
The father revealed that the present predicament has drained their resources as they needed to treat the child, he however called for financial support for the child’s treatment asking well-meaning individuals and humanitarian organisations to come to their aid.
The Bayelsa State chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, has called on security operatives in the state to arrest and prosecute Ziworitin. The Chairperson of FIDA, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, stated this in Yenagoa during a visit to the child at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Wednesday.