The police in Enugu State has come under fire for detaining a 7-year-old boy for murder.
The woman, Nwakaego Oramalu, an indigene of Enugu State, narrated that the boy, a primary two pupil, Chibuike Oramalu, is being detained by the State Police Command for the alleged murder of a 12-year-old boy, Oluebube Boniface, on May 29, 2016, and has been detained since May 30.
The single mother of five children, said that the incident that led to her young son's arrest and detention, happened at a residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu, where she works as a housekeeper.
Orumalu said that the owenr of the property, one Edwin Oforma, gave her an accommodation in the house where she lived with her children and on the fateful day, her son was helping her boss' son to clean his room when he found the loaded gun.
“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.”
The sad mother added that both Chukwunanu and the father had absconded since the incident and are yet to be seen while her son is being made to undergo the harrowing experience of detention.
She explained further that when she was called to return home from the church over the incident, policemen from the New Haven Police Station, who removed the corpse, took her and her children into custody.
The case was subsequently transferred to the State Criminal and Investigation Department, Police Headquarters, Enugu, where Nwakaego and her children made statements and while the mother and other children were released after two days in detention, the minor is still being held as he is regarded as the principal suspect.