The governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, said he would settle all medical bills of a 12 year-old boy, whose two limbs amputated, after sustaining injuries from punishment meted to him by his teacher.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Dankwambo made the promise when he paid a visit to the victim, Zubairu Abubakar at the Federal Teaching Hospital, FTH, Gombe, on Monday.
The 12-year old amputee was alleged to have stolen a a mobile phone, a situation which led to the tying of his hands by the head teacher of his school, Sirajo Mohammed.
DAILY NIGERIAN learnt that the victim, in the process, developed an infection, resulting in the amputation of his two limbs by medical doctors at the FTH Gombe.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner Ministry for Justice, Abdulhameed Ibrahim, said he was at the hospital to see the condition of the victim.
He promised that the state government would look into the matter and take the necessary legal action against the suspect.
He advised the parents of the victim to be patient, and assured them that government would do everything possible to assist the boy.
“Government has taken over the medical bills of the victim.
“The governor is really concerned and feels that for no reason should the boy be allowed to suffer any further.
“I am calling on you to be patient. Already it has happened; the only thing to be done is to see how we will assist him to be in good health.
“The police are investigating the matter and whoever is found culpable will face the law,” he said.
Yusha’u Abubakar, father of the victim, expressed appreciation to the governor for the financial and moral support given to his family.
He said that without the timely intervention of the state government, it would have been very difficult for the family to take care of all the medical bills of the lad.