June 16, (THEWILL)- Security operatives from the Katsina Police Command, have arrested a 13-year-old boy, Abdulkareem Mati, who allegedly killed two bandits and fled the forest where he was kept.
The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect was once an errand boy to a bandits’ leader, Ardo Nashaware, who resided in Birnin Magaji forest, Zamfara State.
Isah said the suspect confessed that he was taken away from his parents under the guise that he would assist in rearing cows for his masters.
The policeman said: “His duty was to assist in the rearing of cows for the bandits’ leader named Ardo Nashaware, who resides in Birnin Magaji forest in Zamfara State.
“Things didn’t work out as planned when they got to Birnin Magaji forest. They gave Abdulkareem an AK-47 instead of cows as promised. He was taught how to operate AK-47 rifles and serve as a guard for kidnap victims.
“The boy, who demonstrated skills in handling AK-47, also confessed to have been bullied by some elderly bandits, who provoked him, and as a result, picked an AK-47 rifle and shot dead two of the elderly bandits.”
He said Mati fled the forest where he allegedly committed the act, adding that he was arrested from where he ran to after his escape from the forest.