7-year-old boy arrested for murder in Enugu State
The Police in Enugu State have being holding a 7-year-old boy over an alleged murder of a 12-year-old boy. You read that sentence correctly and this is no false news either. The boy have been in Police custody since May 9, 2016. Narrating how it all happened is Nwakaego, who is the housekeeper for Mr Edwin Oforma the owner of the room where the murder instrument was found. She explains;
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.
Nwakaego was arrested by the Police Officers from the New Haven Police Station with her sons. The case was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.
Nwakaego and her sons have been released but Chibuike the 7-year-old boy have not been released. The Police said the boy will only be released when they see her boss Edwin who owns the gun that was used to kill Olaebube Boniface the boy from the next compound.
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.