A nine month old baby bearing a samilar name as Nigeria’s leader has undergone the first corrective surgery of his genital at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Bida, Niger.
Buhari Muhammad had his genital cut off by his step-mother in June 2016.
Mariam Kolo, the Director-General of the state Child Rights Protection Agency, gave the progress report on the toddler in an interview with NAN in Minna on Friday.
Kolo told NAN that the surgery was part of the series of operations that the boy would undergo.
“He was operated upon by four neurologists and he is responding to treatment. Several other tests will still be conducted to prepare him for the next operation,’’ Kolo said.
Muhammad’s genital was cut off by his 17-year-old step mother, Bara’atu Muhammad, when he was barely a month old. The incident occurred in Dafe community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.
The step-mother had confessed that she took the action because she was jealous and that she also wanted to get back at the victim’s mother, whom, she claimed was always insulting her.
Bara’atu was subsequently remanded in Minna prison.
The Niger Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, told NAN that the suspect was still in Minna Prison, pending the conclusion of investigations.
“Under the Police Criminal Law, the suspect is an adult, she is above seventeen years; therefore, she can be convicted for the offence,” Elkana said.