Four very young children have revealed how they were paid the sum of N2,500 each for the bomb attack on Thursday in Yola.
It was gathered that the bomb, which detonated on Thursday, close to a mechanic workshop along Numan Road, was in possession of four children. The children revealed to the police that an unknown man gave them N2,500 to carry out the attack.
Punch also gathered that the Boko Haram insurgent instructed them to drop the explosive at a specific place in Bachure suburb, near the Army Barracks mainly inhabited by retired military personnel.
A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said two of the kid messengers who were arrested by the police told interrogators that “an unknown person gave us N2,500 to drop the explosive at the barracks.”
The boys were aged between nine and 15 years. The two arrested boys said the bag containing the explosive was too heavy for them to carry, so they had to sell it to a dustbin scavenger, whom they ran into at the nearby mechanic workshop.The dustbin scavenger, said to have been arrested, has been helping the police in their investigation.
He told the police that while they were negotiating with the four bearers of the container, he started noticing smoke coming from it and before he could inquire about its content, it exploded, shattering his legs and injuring two of the children.
While two of them fled, the other injured two were arrested by the police.
The police source also revealed that in the ensuing confusion that followed the loud bang from the blast, two of the bearers sneaked away from the scene of the blast.