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7-year-old in Police Custody Over Alleged Murder Released

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Chibuike and His Mother, Nwakaego

7-year-old Chibuike who has been in police custody over alleged murder in Enugu state has been released on Wednesday evening, PUNCH reports.

It was alleged that Chibuike accidentally shot 12-year-old Oluebube Boniface with the gun of one Edwin Oforma, the owner of the house where his mother was working as a housekeeper.

The incident took place on May 29th and Chibuike has been in police custody since May 30th.

A lawyer, Olu Omotayo, from the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, had raised the alarm over the little boy’s continued detention.

He filed a petition to the Inspector General of Police, describing the boy’s detention as “a brutal attack on the rights of the child in Nigeria” and “a very dangerous dimension to rights violations by the Nigeria Police”.

Consequently, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu in a response said that Chibuike was in “protective custody” as he and his family were nearly lynched after the incident.

Omotayo, who confirmed the release, however, appealed to the public to come to the aid of Chibuike’s mother, Nwakaego, saying that she and her children are now homeless, having lost her job as house keeper and cleaner in Oforma’s residence, where she was given accommodation.

He also solicited support for the family of late Oluebube, noting that his father, Boniface, a tricycle rider, is not able to provide the sum of N60,000 demanded by the police for autopsy on his late son’s corpse, before it could be released for burial.

6 Comments

  1. Eziokwu!

    July 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Wait. Nobody’s talking about this? Where’s the demand for autopsy coming from? Is anybody in doubt of what Oluebube died of? Why is the police making an already had situation quiet and why are people not speaking up on this situation?

  2. Eziokwu!

    July 14, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Wait. Nobody’s talking about this? Where’s the demand for autopsy coming from? Is anybody in doubt of what Oluebube died of? Why is the police making an already bad situation worse for the bereaved family, and why are people not speaking up about this situation?

  3. desireayo

    July 14, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thank God for the boy’s release. where is the owner of the accidentally discharged gun ? No one is talking about EDWIN OFORMA,cos if he had kept his gun properly we wont be talking about the 7yrs and his family being homeless and a life being lost.

  4. Naijatalk

    July 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

    How can the public help? BN, this is where you help your readers get active. If you report this and there’s no information on how to follow up then people interested in helping would not be able to.

  5. molarah

    July 14, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    All I want to comment on in this article is the picture. Media houses have a habit of pixelating or blocking the faces of children when their pictures are used in publications. However, when a child is featured with the picture of a close relative (mother, father or sibling), shouldn’t those faces be shielded as well? Because if the general idea is to protect the child from stigma associated with the news in focus, people who know the parents can put two-and-two together and figure out the child’s identity anyway. It’s even easier to make associations with adult faces as the child’s features may even change as they grow older. I’m raising a suggestion here, anyone that feels a stronger reason to maintain the status quo of keeping adult faces unshielded can raise theirs.

    • molarah

      July 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      pictured, not featured

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