By Boye Ajayi
A 10-year-old boy has been tortured to death by a soldier at Hayin Banki in Kaduna North Council area for plucking of mangoes, Persecondnews reports.
It was reported that the boy went into the Kotoko Barracks which shares boundary with the community to pluck mangoes from a tree.
The idle officer was said to have followed the boy back to the community and detained him in the barracks where he tortured him to death.
According to a leader in the community, the Sardauna of Hayin Banki, Malam Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo, the boy who bears the name Muslim went into the Kotoko Barracks which shares a boundary with the Hayin Banki community to pluck mangoes 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 said.
The Sardauna said due to the torture, the boy died and the soldier allegedly threw his body at Unguwan Kanawa community.
It was, however, gathered that the military authorities have handed over the killer-soldier to the police.
The spokesperson for the police command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect, said investigation had commenced into the matter.