12-Year-Old Boy Cries Bitterly After He Was Used To Perpetrate 2 Bags Of Rice Fraud In Lagos
Richard Henshaw a Nigerian Writter shared the story of how a 12 year old boy was innocently used to defraud a shop owner in Lagos state earlier today December 9th. Richard who shared photos of the little boy, wrote;
Just about three hours ago, a little boy GOT into the bleakest nightmare of his life…twelve years of age.A minor.
I heard pandemonium from where i was.
treated it with reckless abandon from the start
but it persisted
and i reckoned that something was wrong
I went out to look.
a crowd had gathered in a shop
screams and tears wafting out from the scene.
I walked over there.
and i met this little boy in tears
Manhandled by the crowd
I asked what had happened.
the bot who was at the shop narrated.
then he gave him a phone to speak with someone who said she was the boy’s mothe
and the woman said she was sending his to him immediately, that he should allow her son bring the bags of rice
then the bigger boy said that his younger brother would wait behind while he to bring the money
he left the little boy behind and went with the two bags of rice on a bike
the shop boy waited for a prolonged time, then became perturbed
he then turned to the little and asked “why is your brother taking so much time na ?”
and the little boy replied,
the shop boy eyes raised in alarm
he held the boy.
his voiced alerted a crowd
the crowd descended on the boy.
they screamed at him
the boy wept.
when i arrived, i dragged the boy aside and had a conversation with him.
and he said,
it was to comprehend this
how someone could ser a minor on the street, cajoled him to follow him
played on his little sense
exploited his circumstances
took him to a shop
duped the shop owner of his goods
kept the boy behind,and told the shop owner that the boy was his brother
then disappear with the goods
and left the boy behind to face the consequences
and put his life in dange
in an embittered city like lagos
the shop owner was called on phone to come back
he ran back to his shop and heard the news.
gelling diatribes on his boy in the shop for falling for such scam
and the namless crowd was struck by anger propaganda.
eager to descend on the boy
I ASKED THE MINOR.
“How old are you?”
“Where Did Tthat boy seeyou and bring you here?”
He muttered some gibberish
“do you know the boys house” I asked
“Have you met the boy before?”
and in that case it was difficult to know which one was true.
then a friend brought his vehicle immediately, and both of us alongside the shop owner took the boy away to go and make efforts to find the boy.
away from the attacks of the angry crowd.
to go to the shop which the minor said the boy had pointed at, and claimed to be his mother’s shop
and as we set off, we discovered that the little boy had been used
he had actually been used
you look at this and you wonder, what if that boy had taken this little boy to an environment where he would not be able to come out alive?
what if there were no people save him?
he could have died in a show of savagery because of two bags of rice
a scheme from someone he didn’t know.
a claim that so many people didn’t believe anyway
and in that little boy’s nightmare, I saw the true picture of our society In all its irony and metaphor
i saw the mechanical disregard for humanity, the reckless abandonment of innocence
Stay woke stay safe even in an insane world.