The first lady of Gombe state, Hajiya Asma’u Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has paid a visit to the 14- year- old boy tortured by a bakery operator in Bajoga, Funakaye local government area of the state, for allegedly stealing bread.
The first lady, in company of the state Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Na’omi Joel Awak, was at the bedside of the teen at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, in order to get a first hand assessment of his health condition.
While sympathising with the ailing victim and his traumatised parents, she described the heinous act as the peak of heartlessness and man’s inhumanity to man.
As a mother, Mrs Inuwa said, she was devastated by the dastardly act unleashed on a helpless child who was only striving to earn a decent living.
She urged the victim’s parents to be strong, while assuring them of the state’s commitment to ensuring that perpetrators of the act are made to suffer the consequences of their action.
The first lady donated undisclosed amount of money to the teen and other patients on admission at the pediatric surgical ward.
In her words to the child’s parent’s, she said, “Though, the state government has undertaken to foot the medical bills of the victim, but as a mother, that would not stop me from donating a token to meet other financial needs.
“It is our hope that the punitive measure that would be taken against the perpetrators of this heinous act by the authorities will serve as a deterrent to others with similar motive to have a rethink.”