A primary 2 pupil, Chibuike Oramalu, has been
detained by the Enugu State Police Command for
alleged murder. Police detained 7-year-old
Chibuike over the death of a 12-year-old boy,
Oluebube Boniface, on May 29, 2016.
According to the boy’s mum, Mrs. Nwakaego
Oramalu, Chibuike has been in detention since May
The single mother of five children, said the incident
that led to her son’s arrest and detention happened
at a residence in the Independence Layout area of
Enugu, where she worked as a housekeeper.
She explained that the owner of the property, Mr.
Edwin Oforma, gave her an accommodation in the
house, adding that she lived there with her
She said, “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 said Chukwunanu and his father, Edwin,
had yet to be seen since the incident happened.
She explained that she was called to return home
from church over the incident. On her return,
policemen from New Haven Police Station, who
removed the corpse, took her and her children into
According to Punch, the matter was transferred to
the State Criminal and Investigation Department,
Police Headquarters, Enugu, where Nwakaego and
her children made statements.
While the woman and her other children were
released two days later, Chibuike, who was
regarded as the main suspect, was held.
Nwakaego said police said until they see her boss,
Edwin, who was the owner of the gun, Chibuike
would not be released.
She added that police asked her and the father of
the deceased to contribute the sum of N60,000 for
autopsy before Oluebube’s corpse would be released
for burial. What is the meaning of that?
Meanwhile, in a petition to the Inspector-General
of Police, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Olu Omotayo,
has demanded Chibuike’s release.
Omotayo, who works with the Civil Rights
Realisation and Advancement Network, said under
the law, a seven-year-old was not capable of
committing a crime.
The lawyer demanded appropriate punishment for
police officers involved in Chibuike’s detention.