A 9-year-old student of Muhawshat Primary School in Jalingo, Taraba state has been strangled to death by his Arabic teacher, Hashiru Bala.
Muhammaded Suddas Umar Yola, who is the son of prominent Jalingo-based businessman, went for Magrib prayer in a Mosque located close to his father’s house on Sunday when he was killed.
When the boy did not return home after the prayers, a search party was organized to look for him.
A friend of the victim told his parents how the Arabic teacher had been asking other students about the movement of the victim as well as his brothers and sisters.
The Arabic teacher, identified as Hashiru Bala, was then questioned about the boy’s whereabouts.
Family members reportedly said Hashiru initially denied seeing the victim but when Department of State Security (DSS) officials were called in, he confessed that he strangled the boy to death.
Hashiru led security operatives to the place where he dumped the lifeless body of the boy.
A senior DSS officer, who spoke on the basis of anonymity, confirmed the incident.