A 35-year old woman, Mrs. Eudora Michael, has accused her stepfather, Mr. Ziworitin Keke, 59, of deliberately cutting off the penis of her nine-month-old baby during the circumcision.
The incident, which occurred at Odenwari in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, caused the baby huge pains for which he is receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.
Mrs. Michael, a mother of eight, is convinced that her stepfather chopped off the baby's genitals out of malice. Sources at the hospital told SaharaReporters that the baby lost a lot of blood, but has been stabilized and may undergo surgery to reconstruct the organ.
According to Mrs. Michael, she and her husband had no plan to circumcise the baby yet because he was ill at birth. But on the day of the incident, she was woken from sleep by her stepfather's message that she should bring the baby for circumcision.
"It was not a mistake, as being speculated.
I carried the baby to him, and he cut off his genitals completely. I checked the length. I am sad because I did not inform my husband before taking the boy for circumcision. My baby cries much more than two other babies he had circumcised without complications," said Mrs. Michael.
After discovering the mishap, Mrs. Michael said she suspected her son's health was in danger when her stepfather asked that she should leave the boy with him for three weeks. She said she ignored his suggestion and took her to a health center at Krokrosei.
She added that her stepfather has never been a model of good behavior.
“My stepfather raped my 13-year-old daughter got her pregnant. The product of that sinful act, a baby boy, is with my mother as we speak. This time, he wants my son to die. He has been carrying out circumcision for long. Why is it that my son is the one who now has his penis cut away?” she asked.
According to her, she did not report the rape of her 13- year old daughter to the Police. However, the church where he serves as a minister punished him with a two-year suspension.
Mrs. Micheal disclosed that her husband is a job seeker and she is seeking assistance to pay medical bills incurred. She said she wants wife Mrs. Rachael Dickson, wife of Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson, to assist her family.