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Dad slits 10-year-old daughter’s throat

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Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Adamawa State, are now battling to save a 10-year-old primary three pupil, Zahrau Bello, whose father attempted to murder.

The father, Saidu Bello, allegedly attempted to kill Zahrau by slitting her throat.

Reports indicated that Saidu, who has a record of psychopathic disorder, had been exhibiting violent behaviour towards his wives and children for a long time.

It was learnt that on the fateful day, the girl, who attends Damare Primary School, didn’t go to school that day due to illness.

Her mother, Fatima Bello, said the incident occurred about 10a.m. yesterday at their home at Damare in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

She said her husband was being treated for mental illness.

According to her, there was even a time Saidu was admitted for about 30 days because of the illness.

A neighbour, Zainab Mohammed, said she heard screams from next door and suddenly another neighbour, Mamudu, shouted that Saidu was slitting the throat of his daughter, Zahrau.

Attracted by the scream, neighbours rushed to the scene, beat up the man, tied his arms and took him the police.

The doctor at the Emergency Ward at the FMC, Dr. Elkana Patrick, said the girl had only 50:50 per cent chance of survival as the injury inflicted on her was severe.

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According to Patrick, the girl’s airwave has been secured.

The doctor added that with this development she cannot speak until taken to the theatre where medical team will try to rectify the situation.

He said: “The larynx of the throat has been secured for medical team to commence the necessary steps.”

Also, the Deputy Head of Clinical Services, Dr. Yerima Sulaiman, said the hospital would administer free treatment on the girl because she was from a poor family.

He said: “We have a fund to bail patients out more so that the man has a psychiatric problem.”

Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, said the suspect was in custody while investigation was ongoing.

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