The Oyo State Police Command is to rehabilitate the 11 kid robbers arrested in Ibadan the state capital, ages between 12 -14, , on June 15, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, said on Thursday.
Katsina, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, added that the arrest of the kid robbers was part of initiatives by the command to ensure a crime-free environment in the state.
Katsina stated that some of the kid robbers, aged between 12 and 14, conspired and invaded a house around the Challenge Area of Ibadan, where they stole the sum of N11,000.
“Based on information, the Anti-Robbery Squad of the command was sent out immediately and they were surprised to see kids of 12 and 14 years of age coming out to make confessional statements,” he said.
Katsina, who also expressed pity on the plight of the kids, explained that they voluntarily narrated to the police details about their activities.
He lamented that the involvement of the kids in robbery activities could be attributed to lack of parental care and poverty.
“Most of these children are from broken homes and I wish parents can learn from the plight of these kids and take proper care of their children.
“One thing that keeps disturbing me is the voluntary narration and sincerity of the kids. They have no shelter of any sort and to them, their future starts and ends on the bridge.
“Their only means of livelihood is to savage innocent members of the public, be involved in pick pocketing, robbery and related criminal activities,” he said.
Katsina noted that 90 per cent of the kids arrested were not residents or indigenes of Oyo State.
“Some of them are from Benin Republic in search of greener pastures in Nigeria, in a negative way,” he said.