Nigerian soldier ‘tortures boy to death for plucking mangoes inside army barracks’

A 10-year-old boy has been tortured to death by a soldier at Hayin Banki in Kaduna North local government area.

The boy’s remains are with the police who have also arrested the soldier in question.

“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 Sardauna of Hayin Banki, Malam Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo, is quoted to have said.

“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.”

The traditional ruler said due to the torture, the boy died and the soldier allegedly threw his body at Unguwan Kanawa community.

“The military have handed over the soldier to the police,” he is quoted to have said.

Kaduna police spokesperson Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect, said an investigation had commenced into the matter.

Daily Trust

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