Soldier allegedly tortures 10-year-old boy to death in Kaduna for plucking mangoes in barracks

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

According to Daily Trust, the boy went into the Kotoko Barracks which shares a boundary with the community to pluck mangos from a tree. He was accosted by the soldier but managed to flee. 

The soldier was said to have followed the boy back to the community and detained him in the barracks where he tortured the young boy to death.

The traditional leader of the community, the Sardauna of Hayin Banki, Malam Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo, who confirmed the incident, 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.