Maamobi: Wanzam Cuts Off Boy’s Penis

A 70-YEAR- old circumciser, locally referred to as ‘wanzam’, has provided more evidence for the campaign against their practice. Wanzam Abdullah may have to relocate from his Maamobi base in Accra after his latest job went bad. He is accused of peeling off more than the foreskin of a four- month- old- baby. Crime Officer at the Kotobabi Police Command ASP John Koffie told Joy News the wanzam claimed he had problems seeing properly. According to police, the baby was struggling during the circumcision exercise and with a poor grip from the parents, the wanzam’s knife went overboard, cutting a huge chunk of the baby’s penis off. “The man has severed the penis, the whole thing is cut off, left with a small piece; the most sensitive part is removed; [albeit] he is able to urinate alright.” The certified wanzam with over 20 years of experience, the police said, would be charged for negligently causing harm. The little boy was sent to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.