The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, Tuesday gave reasons why a 7-year-old boy has remained in police custody for over six weeks now.
His detention has since been attracting protests from civil society organizations.
Speaking to journalists during a press briefing at the Enugu State Police Command, Ojukwu said Chibuike was in “protective custody”, not in detention.
According to him, the gun incident, which led to the death of a neighbour attracted angry reaction from residents, who had moved to lynch Chibuike, alongside his mother.
“The community rallied round to kill the boy; so, we had to put him in protective custody; we already lost one person owing to that unfortunate incident; we didn’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”, the commissioner stated.
He further disclosed that under the law, the 7-year-old boy could not be charged for any crime, assuring that he would be freed in due course.