Crime and Security

Boy, 14, among 21 paraded armed robbery suspects in Gombe

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 A 14-year-old primary five pupil was among 21 armed robbery suspects paraded by the Gombe State police command.

The spokesman of the command Superintendent Mary Malum,made this known  said on Tuesday while briefing newsmen. She said the police arrested the suspects in August, adding that the boy was a member of a robbery syndicate.

Malum said the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, receiving stolen properties, trespass, attempt to commit culpable homicide, house breaking, fraud, cheating and cyber crime.”

She added that several weapons were recovered from the suspects.

“We recovered two locally-made revolver pistols, 33 handsets, four laptops, one DVD player, two knives, two cutlasses, one iron rod, one sword, two spears, a pair of military uniform, 13 wrappers, and two flat screen televisions.

“Other items recovered include N10, 000, cash, two pairs of shoes and clothing, two shisha pots and one purse ,” she said.

The spokesman said that investigations were on-going to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate and that those arrested would be charged to court soon.

The boy who spoke with newsmen said he was forced into assisting a crime syndicate in his area.

“I was used to gain entrance into any house they (robbers) want to break into. They will cross me through the fence and I will open the gate for them to enter.

“On the first outing I was given N500 and the second one, N1,000. I was forced to do it and I didn’t tell my mother and that’s why I am here,” he said.

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