A human rights organisation, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, CRRAN, has written the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, demanding that N50 million compensation be paid to a child unjustly detained and arraigned in a law court in Enugu.
The statement read in part: “We write to you in respect of the above-mentioned, which had earlier commanded your attention vide several petitions sent to you at the inception and throughout the course of this matter. The previous petitions to you contained detailed facts of this matter.
“It would be recalled that the 6- year- old was taken into custody at the State Criminal and Investigation Department (State CID), Police Headquarters, Enugu, on the 30th May 2016 and was finally released on the 13th July 2016. “During the unlawful six weeks sojourn of Chibuike Oramalu, in Police cell at the State CID, Enugu, the Police Commissioner had maintained that Chibuike was in ‘protective custody’.
“The Police on the 29th of July 2016, invited the mother of the boy and took the little Chibuike to the Chief Magistrates’ Court, Enugu where they filed a Charge of Conspiracy and murder against him and one Edwin Oforma the owner of the gun.
“The magistrate, Hillary Asogwa, after listening to our submission agreed that the 6- year-old boy is incapable of committing crime and as such, he could not be remanded in prison custody. The Magistrates therefore released Chibuike Oramalu on bond to the mother but went ahead to remand Mr. Edwin Oforma in prison for murder and unlawful possession of a double barrel gun.
We attached herewith the said charge sheet.” “We submit that the detention of Chibuike Oramalu for 6 weeks at the Police Headquarters, Enugu and his subsequent arraignment for murder by the Police is not only illegal but also unlawful. The child has been affected psychologically by the unlawful detention and needs urgent medical attention and rehabilitation.