Addressing newsmen in Gombe, Malum said the police arrested the suspects in August, adding that the boy was a member of a robbery syndicate.
She said the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, receiving stolen properties, trespass, attempt to commit culpable homicide, housebreaking, fraud, cheating and cybercrime.”
Malum said several weapons were recovered from the suspects.
She said that investigations were on-going to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate and that those arrested would be charged to court soon.
While assuring the public of the command’s commitment towards combating crime in the state, she appealed to residents to provide the police with useful information to act.
The boy told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was forced into assisting a crime syndicate in his area.
“I was used to gain entrance into any house they (robbers) want to break into. They will cross me through the fence and I will open the gate for them to enter.
“On the first outing, I was given N500 and the second one, N1,000. I was forced to do it and I didn’t tell my mother and that’s why I am here,” he said.