One Jubril Mato, a student of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology, Maiduguri, is currently battling for his life after he was given a cut on his throat by a senior student.
It was reported that the 11-year-old was attacked with a razor blade by one of his senior boys for allegedly refusing to run errand for him (the senior boy).
Naija News learnt that Mato is currently being treated at the intensive care unit of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
Reports had it that the senior colleague, from SS2 class, had sent Mato on an errand but the junior student refused to go.
“That fateful night, he came to pick him up and took him to a quiet place where he used a razor blade to severely cut his neck, injuring most of his arteries, nerves and trachea,” the PUNCH quoted a source from the school as saying.
The Senior student whose name has been reportedly concealed by the school management left the scene after slitting Mato on his neck.
According to the source, the suspect left the victim for dead with his body soaked in blood.
“After some minutes, Jubril struggled and took himself to the Principal’s Office, before he finally broke down and became unconscious,” the source said.
The perpetrator, who according to reports is indoctrinated on psychotropic substances, was subsequently arrested and handed over to the police for further investigations, Naija News learnt.
The incident, according to the source, occurred on Saturday 16 January 2022, but the school management concealed it with the aim of keeping it away from the public.
The victim, Mato, is said to be the son of Late Justice Sadi Mato of Federal High Court Kano State, and his mother, Hajiya Aisha, remarried a Senior civil servant with the Yobe State government.
However, to the chagrin of the family members of the victim, Aisha’s new husband, (Jubril’s stepfather), who was called by the school management shortly after the incident has been discouraging the victim and his mother from reporting the attack.
A staff of the college, who spoke to newsmen on the incident, said the case of Jubril Mato is not the first as there have been several such cases that have occurred in the college but the school management kept hiding the incidents which have led to an increase in the crime.
“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 it under the carpet. This is likely to mean we are creating more victims as a result of our failure to act,” the teacher lamented.