A suspected boy has been arrested in Ada, a village near Oyo town, Nigeria for allegedly shooting to death his friend over N100 loaf of bread.
The alleged killer kid, Issah, 12-years-old was said to have shot dead Victor Akinlabi for refusing to give him part of the N100 bread he and his brother were eating.
According to investigation, tragedy struck on March 4, 2013 when the deceased elder brother, Maliki Nurudeen went to collect an alleged N100 debt from Issah’s father Ismaila Hassan in respect of a service rendered. However, Hassan was said to have refused to pay the N100 debt and left them to relax.
So Victor and Maliki, decided to sit in front of Hassan’s house and were eating a loaf of bread while waiting for their debt to be paid. Issah was alleged to have approached them for a slice, but was refused. Angered and frustrated by the refusal to give him part of the N100 loaf of bread, Issah allegedly went inside his father’s room, took a loaded dane-gun and shot Victor at very close range.
By the time the smoke cleared from the nozzle of the gun, Victor was down in a pool of his blood. The villagers rushed him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead.
The villagers immediately reported the matter at Jobele Police Station. The police arrested both Issah and his father Hassan, the suspected owner of the gun.
The suspects were immediately moved to the Oyo State Police Command, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan for further investigation. The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID, Mr. Galadanchi Dasuki told CrimeWatch that the two suspects and the recovered dane-gun from them were in police custody.
The principal suspect, Issah explained his role in the alleged crime to CrimeWatch:
“Maliki and his deceased brother came to our house to collect N100 from my father who owed them. When they came to our house they came with N100 bread and I told them to give me part of the bread but they refused to give me.
They used our plate to eat their bread and the deceased Victor dropped the plate. Later, Maliki started to smoke in our house and I told him not to smoke cigarette in our house and later I saw where my father kept his dane-gun, which had been loaded. It was when we were struggling with it that suddenly the bullet triggered and hit Victor.”
His father, Ismaila on his part said:“I came from the farm and I was sleeping deeply and it was when I was sleeping that I heard the voice of the villagers and that woke me up and they carried the deceased to the hospital and the doctor was giving him treatment before he later died. “It is true that I owed Maliki a debt of N100. I didn’t know what transpired between them and my child.
The only mistake I made was that I loaded my gun and kept it in one corner of the house.”
Maliki Nurudeen said:
“I came with my younger brother, Victor to collect N100 that was being owed me by Ismaila Hassan but he refused to give me and when we were eating our bread, his son Issah, came and started begging us to give him part of the bread but we refused. Suddenly his son, Issah went into the house and brought out a dane gun and shot my brother at the back and my brother Victor was struggling before the villagers came to rescue and rushed him to the hospital and he gave up; the ghost later.”
The commissioner of Police Oyo State Police command, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa said that the incident was quite unfortunate. “It is bad that a life was lost on N100 bread which they refused to give the suspect’s son. CP Indabawa said the two suspects; son and father will soon be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.