A 15-year-old pupil at the Community Secondary School, Akenfa-Epie, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has been arrested with a gun.
The teenager – identified only as Emmanuel – was allegedly arrested with a locally-made pistol during lecture hours on Monday while in school uniform by some indigenes of Akenfa community, led by a vigilance group, and handed over to the police.
The pupil was reportedly searched by the vigilante youths after he was accused of involvement in some criminal activities, including robbery.
But the management of the school denied that the suspect was a pupil of the school as at the time of his arrest.
A member of the school management team, who spoke to newsmen 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 arrested teenager was handed over to the Akenfa Police Station for onward transfer to the command headquaters.
Confirming the teenager’s arrest, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, said:
“The suspected cult member was arrested with a locally-made pistol on Monday around 9.30am.
“The suspect is 15 years old and a resident of Agudama area of Yenagoa. Investigation is ongoing.”