A 10-year-old boy residing in the riverside town of Otuan in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has killed his 12-year-old friend with his grandfather’s gun.
According to Vanguard, the unfortunate incident was set in motion when the deceased, his sister and friend returned from the bush where they had gone to pick bush mango.
A community source who spoke under the condition of anonymity told the publication that the sister sent her brother to her father’s room to get a cutlass to spilt open the bush mango.
The friend, who joined in going to get the cutlass, stumbled on the gun where it was hidden.
On seeing the gun, he picked it up and aimed it at the deceased.
“As the deceased shouted at the friend to drop the gun, it fired and hit him.
“The fatally injured boy was rushed to a nearby chemist in the community, accompanied by his heartbroken friend who was wailing when somebody whispered to him to run for his life,” the source said.
When contacted, spokesman of the state police command, Asinim Butswat, said a report had not been made yet.
“It has not been reported to the police, but we will find out if such an incident happened,” he said.