A 13-year-old pupil of the Ahmadiyya Primary School at Newton, Joseph Macfoy, has been arrested in Kenema for allegedly burning down houses in Pujehun district.
He was arrested at Langoma village in Small Bo chiefdom by the chiefdom speaker Chief Mambu Mourie Gomby with a lighter in his pocket.
Explaining to our eastern province correspondent after his arrest, he revealed the whole scenario relating to him committing arsons within the Pujehun district.
Joseph indicated that, “some weeks ago I was selling kola nuts in the morning hours at Newton when I came into contact with some men in a black car.”
“These men”, he went on, “called me on the pretext that they wanted some kola nuts, eventually they bought all the kola nuts”, and that they later lured him into the vehicle on the pretext that they wanted to take him to his parents.
He explained that he denied the offer and was eventually grabbed and bundled into the car and they drove off.
Continuing his narration he explained that he was driven off to Pujehun district and stayed with the men until he found himself in the bush, with other youths who were around 30 in number.
Joseph went on to disclose that they erected a hut within the bush and that they were working in a group of five, and that his role was to go to town to purchase food and do some reconnaissance on towns and villages.
He further confessed that, “we have burnt down several houses within the Pujehun district and we have now moved towards Kenema district.”
According to the suspect, five of them came to Blama Town in Small Bo Chiefdom in Kenema, while others in group of five went to other places.
The suspect further disclosed that despite he did not know the real names of his colleagues but he could identify them whenever he set eyes on them.
Police sources in Kenema told our correspondent that the suspect was arrested sometime last week, and further stated that the boy’s parents’ names are given as Ola Macfoy and Fatmata Sorie residing in Newton village, four miles from Waterloo.