Concerns are growing regarding the actions of some criminal elements who are allegedly stealing male genital organs while on the prowl in the Federal Capital Territory, or FCT Abuja, and other states of the federation.
In some North Central states, particularly in Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and the capital, there have been more cases of reported disappearances of genital organs in recent years.
Residents of the FCT have reportedly been living in fear due to reported cases of "manhood stealing" for more than a month. However, it is still unclear how the miscreants carry out such acts, according to DAILY POST.
The deplorable trend has resulted in some people being murdered by enraged youths who attacked suspects for allegedly being responsible for the puzzling disappearance of manhoods.
Various explanations exist for how the heinous crime is being committed in the city. Some claim that simply speaking with the alleged manhood thief can result in the victim's penis disappearing, while others claim that physical contact, such as a handshake, is required.
DAILY POST recalls that on August 23, the Nasarawa State Police Command, while cautioning residents against jungle justice being meted out to the alleged organ thieves in the state, revealed that some persons were attacked over the same allegations in Nasarawa Eggon, Obi, Lafia, and Keffi Local Government Areas of the state.
The state’s police public relations officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, however, said a medical examination conducted on the alleged victims “gave all of them a clean bill of health”, saying there was no basis for the allegations.
On September 20, some irate youths in phase 2 of the Gwagwalada area of the FCT lynched a yet-to-be-identified young man for allegedly stealing a resident’s manhood.
Three days after the incident, another resident, Lucky Josiah, was accused of causing the disappearance of one Rokeeb Saheed’s manhood.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, while confirming the ugly development, told DAILY POST that officers of the command quickly responded to a distress call that a victim was being lynched.
Unlike the Gwagwalada incident, Lucky was saved by the police operatives from being killed by the angry mob.
The PPRO revealed that after medical examinations were conducted on Saheed, his male organ was “confirmed to be fine, and Lucky’s injuries were treated”.
Residents of the city have continued to record similar incidents almost on a daily basis in both the city center and satellite towns.
On Friday, a disturbing motion picture that captured an alleged manhood thief being subjected to torture and dehumanization by a mob, including some security operatives, surfaced online.
In the video, the alleged thief, who was accused of stealing two manhoods, was heard saying he was innocent of the allegations.
There are indications that some of the allegations made by the victims of manhood theft are false and may have sinister motives.
A security operative in the FCT, who does not want to be mentioned in the news, told DAILY POST that most of the alerts raised by the alleged victims were orchestrated.
According to him, some criminal elements who are on a rampage in the city deliberately create scenes in a public gathering to enable them to steal from unsuspecting citizens.
He said that some miscreants in the nation’s capital are taking advantage of the trend to perpetrate other heinous crimes.
“About 80 percent of the alarms raised by these people that claim that their manhood is missing are fake. It is a new strategy to steal people’s belongings.
“Most times, what happens is that these people go to places that are crowded, and then one or two of them raise the alarm that their penises are stolen. They do it just to capture attention.
“Normally, when such things occur, people tend to forget themselves and focus on what is happening. It is at that moment that other members of the gang will start stealing phones, bags, and even cars.
“By the time the alleged victims notice that the jobs have been done, you will start hearing something like,'My manhood is back’, back from where exactly?
“The only way out of this is that when any person raises such an alarm and it is discovered, whether in the hospital or anywhere, that he lied, such person should be arrested and prosecuted for raising a false alarm. If the police do this to at least three people, the trend will reduce,” he said.
However, a video clip cited by DAILY POST revealed how one alleged manhood thief confessed to having committed the crime in Nasarawa State. According to him, “if I just talk to you and you reply to me, your manhood is gone”.
He claimed to be working for one native doctor.
But the Nasarawa State PPRO told the Daily Post that the confession may have been made under duress.
“The condition he was in at that moment may determine why he made such a confession”, he said.
Manhood theft is is scientifically impossible
The allegations, according to experts, are only hinged on diabolism, as they have no bearing on science.
Residents have blamed the trend on ritualists, particularly internet fraudsters, who may have sent boys into the city to diabolically harvest people’s manhoods for sacrifices to woo their prospective victims.
Speaking on the matter, former federal lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani lamented how the claim of manhood theft was becoming rampant in the Federal Capital.
In a post on his official X handle, the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed worry over how the accused thieves are being lynched by mobs, saying they may be innocent.
He wrote, “The claim of manhood stealing is becoming rampant in Abuja, and the lawlessness is when the accused or wrongly accused are lynched by a mob. There is no scientific basis behind such claims. It’s simply magicians at work”.
According to a health expert, Dr. Kaleb Ugo, who spoke with DAILY POST on Saturday, it is medically impossible for a man’s organ to just disappear without a cut.
He said the allegations are “based on African magic and not facts.”
Ugo, however, said there are medical conditions that may lead to a shrinking of manhood but not a total disappearance, as being peddled by alleged victims.
He said Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction can lead to a reduction in the size of the penis.
The doctor explained that peyronie’s disease is when a body begins to form a condition called plague, which is the formation of scar tissue in the lining surrounding the corpora cavernosa, known as the tunica albuginea.
According to him, the condition can lead to the shortness of the penis.
He said patients suffering from the disease will always notice that their organs are shorter than they were.
On erectile dysfunction, Ugo explained that when a man stops experiencing an erection for a long time, there are possibilities that the manhood will shrink.
“Just like every other thing, for instance, when your car packs up and you stop using it for six months, you don’t expect it to remain like it was.
“Somehow, when our body stops having regular erections, the elastic tissue that stretches the penis from the flaccid state into the erect state can transform in such such a way that the penis loses its elasticity.
“And when the penis is no longer elastic, it won’t stretch when you get an erection, and you will notice you have have lost length”, he said.
DAILY POST reports that the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Haruna Garba, has warned against spreading false information regarding alleged organ disappearances.
According to the CP, such rumors had led to public anxiety and a disruption of peace across the territory.