May 23, 2024

Boy, 10, kills friend with grandfather’s pistol in Bayelsa


*They were allegedly testing bulletproof charm – Source

Godstime Simon

A 10-year-old boy has allegedly killed his unnamed friend, aged 12, with his grandfather’s pistol in Otuan community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that the 12 years old was killed during the week while the two of them were playing and mouthing possession of bulletproof charms.
An eyewitness claimed that the boys were acting scenes from a movie they had watched when the deceased boasted that he had spiritual bulletproof and challenged the 10-year-old boy to shoot him and see if the bullet would penetrate his body.
According to the eyewitness, the 10-year-old quickly ran into his grandfather’s room, picked up a pistol and fired shots at his friend which resulted in his death.
It was learnt that the owner of the pistol, who is an ex-service man, was not at home at the time the shooting happened.
It was also gathered that after firing the shots that killed his friend, the 10-year-old quickly abandoned the gun and fled the scene to an unknown destination.
Another community source explained that “people are currently searching for the boy who is on the run. There is a tradition in the community that whoever kills another person in the community would be put to death instantly.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the matter had yet to be reported to the police.
“It (killing) has not been reported to the Police yet. But, we will find out if such an incident happened,” Butswat, a Superintendent of Police, stated.

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