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Kaduna police arrests soldier who tortured teenager to death for plucking mangoes in barracks

Police have arrested a soldier for allegedly torturing a 10-year-old boy to death at Hayin Banki, Kaduna North Local Government.

WITHIN NIGERIA assembled from Daily Trust that the boy went into the Kotoko Barracks which shares a boundary with the community to pluck mangoes from a tree but was accosted by the soldier and eventually managed to flee.

According to report, the boy was followed back to the community by the soldier and detained him in the barracks where he tortured the young boy to death.

Speaking on the development, the traditional leader of the community, the Sardauna of Hayin Banki, Malam Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo confirmed the incident.

Hassan said colleagues of the soldier warned him to release the boy but he refused.

“The boy who bears the name Muslim went into the Kotoko Barracks which shares a boundary with the Hayin Banki community to pluck mangos from a tree. The soldier queried why the boy came into the barracks and the boy was able to run away. The soldier then traced the boy back to the community; he took him back to the barracks and detained him. I was told that while he was torturing the boy, other colleagues warned him to release the boy but he refused.” he stated.

The Sardauna said after the boy died the soldier allegedly threw his body at Unguwan Kanawa community, adding that the military have handed over the suspect to the police.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command,  ASP Mohammed Jalige, said the soldier has been arrested and investigation had commenced into the matter.

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