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7 Year Old Detained Over Alleged Murder

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Chibuike's Mother

Chibuike’s Mother

Family members are saying that their 7-year-old son has been in police custody since May 30 2016 over alleged murder.

The Enugu police command took Chibuike, his siblings, and their mother, Nwakaego into custody after Chibuike allegedly shot a 12-year-old boy, Oluebube Boniface, on May 29, 2016.

Nwakaego, who works as a housekeeper for one Edwin Oforma at his residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu, said that the tragic incident took place when she was in church.

On May 29, while I was away at the Adoration Ministry at Emene in Enugu, for the Sunday church service, my boss’ son, Chukwunanu Oforma, a National Youth Service Corps member, asked my son, Chibuike, and Chibuike’s 10-year-old brother, Ifeanyichukwu, to tidy up a room belonging to his father.

While Ifeanyichukwu swept the room, Chibuike laid the bed. Chibuike found a gun near the bed where he was working, and he took it to Ifeanyichukwu, who asked him to return it.

It was while he was returning the gun that he mistakenly pulled the trigger, releasing a bullet which struck Oluebube, who was in the next compound, on the chest. He died on the spot.

She was called home over the incident, and police officers from the New Haven Police Station removed the corpse and took her and her sons in. The case was then transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.

Nwakaego said that Edwin and is his son are yet to be seen since the incident.

According to PUNCH, Nwakaego and her sons, excluding Chibuike were released two days later. She alleged that the police said that Chibuike will only be released when they see her boss, Edwin who is the owner of the gun.

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, told PUNCH on Sunday that the boy “is not in detention”.

Meanwhile a human rights lawyer, Olu Omotayo who works with the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network has filed a petition to the Inspector-General of Police demanding Chibuike’s release and appropriate punishment for police officers involved in his incarceration.

“Nowhere in the world will a seven-year-old boy be detained in police cell for over a month alongside hardened adult criminals,” Omotayo said in the petition also fowarded to the Police Service Commission, the National Human Rights Commission and the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State.

9 Comments

  1. allthingsfitness

    July 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    this is serious mehn…

  2. Naijatalk

    July 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Useless system that will arrest and detain a 7year old boy. A 7 year old boy for goodness sake?

    • Tosin

      July 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Poor kid. And the dead kid too. Where did the gun come from? I hope somebody explains to the child someday that he “didn’t kill anybody” because what does he know about guns or killing, even? So sad.

  3. SAD

    July 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Very Sad story! Right now, my thoughts are with the boy that died and his parents, siblings and family who seemed to have been forgotten in all this! RIP little Oluebube Boniface, your life was cut short. You never had a chance to fulfill your destiny!

  4. zinny

    July 11, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    so sad!doesn’t that boss of hers knw hw to properly keep a gun in the home?thut guns are kept in safe places whr eyes and hands can’t get to unless the owner’s,and the baboon of a son can’t jst collect that gun and keep for his dad in a safe place..as I was reading sef,thut he pulled the trigger on the idiot sef until I got to whr they wrote “a kid in the next compound”… RIP to the boy

  5. Prince

    July 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    This world is full of evil people. The evil boss who’s the rightful owner of the gun is nowhere to be found of the police are just trying to cover things up since he’s a big man.
    Meanwhile, the foolish man’s son (the youth corper). Can’t he clean his dad’s room. The kind of things we do in this life ehn. God sef will be shocked at our actions at times.

  6. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    A 7-year old has been in detention for over a month???????? Without any formal charge????????

    God, what did Nigeria do to get such a useless police force as its “safe-keepers”?? And aren’t there lawyers who work with the NPF? What sort of ineptitude is plaguing this entire organization?

  7. Nahum

    July 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    A baby has been in detention for over a month and we are just hearing about this??? Something needs to be done now!! Why would the family keep this information from the public for so long?

  8. Dr. N

    July 11, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    A 7 year old to clean your father’s room cos their mom is out
    Incarcerating a 7 year old
    Storing a gun under d bed
    Arrant nonsense!

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