A sleeping man’s genitals were chopped off by a friend following a drinking session in Muranga, Kenya, on Sunday.

The victim, identified as 51-year-old Moses Wanyoike, went to one of his friends’ homes following a six- hour drinking session Saturday night. During the journey, the friend repeatedly mentioned that he wanted to circumcise Wanyoike. However, he laughed it off.

Speaking to local media, the victim said, “Throughout the journey home he kept telling me that he would circumcise me. I treated it as a bad joke. I thought he was drunk.”

However, when he woke up the following morning, Wanyoike realized that his genitals were missing. Neighbors rushed to the home after hearing his screams. The neighbors then joined him in searching for the missing piece so that it could be reattached. However, it was not found.

A neighbor said, “I was among the people who searched for the missing part of his genitals. We hoped we could find it and take it to the hospital in time for it to be stitched back on. It is unfortunate that did not happen. He was in a total mess. He was bleeding profusely and had his pair of trousers torn from the back.”

James Karanja, a local resident, said he rushed the victim to the hospital where he was informed that he was “Bobbitted.”

“I was called and told that a man in my ward has been Bobbitted. I took my car and went to the house. We went to the police and reported the matter,” Karanja said, adding, “Such a bizarre act can't be done by sober minded people. They must have been taking drugs and this is becoming a problem in our society. The relevant agencies should step up the war against drugs to avert such incidences.”

Following the complaint, the suspect, identified as Gerald Mbugua, was taken into custody by police.

“One suspect in our custody and is helping us join the dots and establish what led to the incident. Investigations are underway and we shall prefer charges against him once we are through,” a police officer said.

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