The Nigeria Police Force has come out to clear the air on the detention of a seven-year-old boy who accidentally shot someone dead with a gun.
Reacting to the outcry that followed the boy's detention at the Enugu State Police Command Headquarters, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Emmanuel Ojukwu, has come out to clear the air, saying the primary two pupil was not in detention, stating that the police were holding the boy in order to protect him from jungle justice.
According to CP Ojukwu, an angry mob which gathered after the accidental killing of the 12-year-old victim, Oluebube Boniface, wanted to lynch Chibuike and his mother.
“The community wanted to kill the boy; so we had to put him in protective custody. We already lost one person owing to that unfortunate incident, we don’t want to lose another person.
We also protected the house because the angry residents wanted to set it ablaze. As we speak, policemen are still guarding the compound. We don’t want to lose another life or property. Chibuike would not be charged for any crime. He will be freed in due course,” Ojukwu narrated at a press conference.
The facts of the case came to light when the mother of the boy, Nwakaego Oramalu, raised an alarm over the continuous detention of her son who, while handling a loaded gun belonging to his mother's employer, Edwin Oforma, mistakenly pulled the trigger and a bullet from the gun killed Oluebube.