Pupil arrested with gun in Bayelsa


The Police in Bayelsa have taken into custody a secondary school pupil for having in his possession a locally made pistol.
The student, simply identified as Emmanuel was picked up while class was in progress at the Community Secondary School, Akenfa-Epie, a school in the state capital, Yenegoa, by a vigilante group that operated in the community.
The 15-year-old pupil, clad in his school uniform was handed over to the police afterwards.
The vigilante group acting on a tip of had searched the pupil, who had earlier been accused of being involved in some criminal activities, including robbery.
The school authorities, however, denied that the suspect was a pupil at the school.
A member of the school management team, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that Emmanuel was not arrested in the school.
He said:
“The boy was not arrested in the classroom. The uniform he wore is common among pupils in the state and so, it is not correct to say that he is a pupil at the school.”
The spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of the teenager.
He said:
“The suspected cult member was arrested with a locally-made gun on Monday around 9.30am. The suspect is 15 years old and a resident of Agudama area of Yenagoa. Investigation is ongoing.”

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