7-year-old boy named Chibuike has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Enugu for alleged murder. According to the report, the boy accidentally shot and killed a 12-year-old boy, Oluebube Boniface with the gun he found when he and his brother, Ifeanyi Chukwu were cleaning a room in the house where their mum worked as a housekeeper.
Ifeanyi chukwu told Chibuike to return the gun, and according to their mother,Nwakaego, “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”.
Chibuike, his mother, and his siblings were arrested following the tragic incident. All of them were released two days later, apart from Chibuike, who the police said was in “protective custody”.
He was later released after a lawyer, Olu Omotayo, from the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, raised the alarm over the little boy’s continued detention.
Chibuike spent about 6 weeks in police custody. The gun belonged to Chibuike’s mother’s boss, Edwin Oforma.
According to PUNCH, Chibuike was arraigned alongside Oforma beforeMagistrate Hillary Asogwa for alleged conspiracy and murder. They were accused, in count one of “conspiring among themselves to commit murder”.