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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

How kebbi govt gave boy treated like an animal in captivity better life



Ismail Bayo in Birnin Kebbi
A boy held in captivity and chained to the ground in a dehumanizing manner in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State but rescued by the State Government last year has been rehabilitated and reunited with his parents.
It would be recalled that the boy, whose name was given as Jibrin was discovered by government officials where he was chained to the ground like an animal in the Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi on 14th August 2020 and he was immediately put under medical care and rehabilitation for 15 months.
After undergoing 15 months of intensive medical care he was on Tuesday handed over to his parents, Aliyu Umar and Rabi Umar by the special adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zara Wali in the presence of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Maikurata as well as the Chief Medical Director and Permanent Secretary, Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi, Dr. Aminu Haliru Bunza.

The Chief Medical Director, Dr. Aminu Bunza said that Jibrin was brought to the hospital in pathetic condition but has now been fully rehabilitated and in good health.
He explained that the boy was subjected to intensive medical care and investigation by 20 professional medical specialists from Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, UDUTH, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, UCH, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, and other doctors in the state.
Dr. Bunza said he was glad that Jibrin has now recovered one hundred percent but would still be under medical supervision while at home. He announced that in furtherance of the magnanimity of Governor Bagudu who shouldered the responsibility of the boy’s medical care and wellbeing has also mandated Kebbi State Health Insurance Agency, KECHEMA, to provide health insurance cover to Jibrin for him to enjoy free medical services.
He added that the state government would continue to examine the boy’s health and wellbeing on weekly basis and a monthly allowance and feeding would be provided to his family to facilitate their good standard of living.

The CMD commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his wife, Dr. Zainab Bagudu, for constructing and furnishing a modern two-bedroom apartment for the boy at his family house, at Badariya area of the town.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zara Wali, reaffirmed the commitment of the Kebbi state government to provide every necessary support to the wellbeing of Jibrin, including food and cash assistance.
From the Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi, officials of the State Government and parents of the boy were moved to the two-bedroom flat built and donated to Jibrin by the state government for formal handing over. At the venue of the handing over, Hajiya Zara Wali presented N50,000 cash to the boy's family as a monthly allowance by the governor's wife for the boy's upkeep.
The father of the boy, Malam Umar, and the mother, Rabi Umar, thanked Governor  Bagudu and his wife, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu for their magnanimity and benevolence as well as fatherly and motherly care they demonstrated to their son, Jibrin, and the entire family.

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