A boy, Uchenna James Okafor, who was reportedly arrested for fighting with two others, has allegedly died in police custody in Akwuzu, Anambra state.
Boy Dies In Police Custody
A Twitter user, who shared the story, said three boys were arrested last week for fighting and their parents were alerted about the incident.
He said that Uchenna’s parents were asked to bring N150,000, but when they got to the police station with the money, they were informed that their son had passed.
The post reads, “Three boys were arrested by @PoliceNG for fighting in Awka, then transferred to Awkuzu SARS. Their parents were made aware and they went to see them last week, they were told they had to pay for damages amounting to N150k.
“The parents are still running around for the money. One of them, Uchenna James Okafor, his parents saw him on Tuesday 3rd January and tried to pay their 50k share and bail him but was asked to return on Thursday as the IPO doesn’t work on Wednesday and wasn’t available.
“They returned on Thursday to be told that their son died the night before.
“The claim is that he woke up at night and hit his head on the wall, they took him to hospital and he died. His parents were not called or informed and as at now they still have no access to his body.
“Again, @PoliceNG why is Awkuzu SARS still functional? Why are they still killing young people? How did James Uchenna Okafor die after seeing his parents the day before? What happened that night? Why wasn’t the family informed? Where’s his body? @Princemoye1 help us. Please!”
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who reacted to the Tweet, said he asked the Anambra police spokesperson to look into the matter and revert to him.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a 46-year-old trader, Kehinde Omotosho, died in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police, after he was arrested for fighting in Gbagi market, Ibadan, Oyo State.