RELEASED: 7-year-old boy arrested for murder in Enugu State
We have been following th news of the 7-year-old boy that was arrested by the police in Enugu state over the murder of a 12-year-old boy, Oluebube Boniface. Chibuike accidenrally shot Oluebube with a gun he found in Edwin Oforma’s house where his mother works as a housekeeper.
The news of the incident got to a lawyer from the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, Olu Omotayo who filed a petition that the boy is not old enough to be in detention. He described the decision of the Police as, ‘ “a brutal attack on the rights of the child in Nigeria” and “a very dangerous dimension to rights violations by the Nigeria Police”.
In defense of their action the Police responded to the accusation of illegal detention of the boy by saying he is not in detention. READ THE POLICE REPORT
The latest in the story is that the boy has been released. Chibuike was released to his mother yestrday evening. Comfirming the report Omotayo appealed to the public to come to the aid of his mother, Nwakaego. He said, ‘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.
We are glad the boy is back with his mother.