A three-year-old boy, Abubakar Usman, whose eyes were gouged out in January by suspected ritualists in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, has been enrolled in a school.
The school, according to reports, will cater to the special needs of the boy.
Abubakar was on his way to evening Islamiyya class with his brother, Umar, when unidentified individuals took him to an uncompleted building and gouged his eyes out, a report by Nigeria’s Daily Trust said.
He was later found writhing in pain and covered in blood.
Syringes and needles, as well as some substances believed to have been used by the suspected ritualists in removing the eyes of the boy, were also found at the scene, the report said.
Abubakar was reportedly rushed to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), where doctors confirmed that he would no longer be able to see.
The boy is said to have cried at the hospital, telling those around him to open his eyes to enable him see his mother and grandmother. “Open my eyes, I want to see Mama. Mama, where are you? Where’s Grandma?” he was quoted as saying.
According to the report, other children who were with Abubakar before he was taken away, said one of the suspected ritualists had introduced himself as his uncle.