A fifteen year old secondary school student identified simply as Emmanuel has been arrested with a locally made gun while wearing the uniform of a school in Bayelsa State.
The teenage pupil at the Community Secondary School, Akenfa-Epie, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State was allegedly arrested during lecture hours.
It was gathered that the teenager was apprehended while in school uniform by some indigenes of Akenfa community, led by a vigilance group, and handed over to the police.
He was reportedly searched by the vigilante youths after he was accused of involvement 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.
“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.
The spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of the teenager.
“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.”