February 21, 2024

The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has finally released a 16-year-old teenager detained for three months without trial after SaharaReporters’ report.

It was reported on Friday that the Nigerian police detained a 16-year-old schoolboy for three months in the state and were demanding N1.2million as “settlement.”

In the report, an Enugu State-based human rights organisation, the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), had petitioned Governor Peter Mbah over the unlawful detention of the 16-year-old secondary school student at the state police headquarters since October 2023, till date.

The group had appealed to the governor for an urgent intervention in a petition addressed to him dated January 11, 2024, and copied to the State Commissioner of police, Kanayo Uzoegbu, Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Kingsley Udeh.

In the petition signed by the President of the organisation, Mr Olu Omotayo, the group had described the police action as clear violation of the Child Rights Act 2023, while regretting that the police action has disrupted the academic study of the Senior Secondary School two student, who was arrested on October 9, 2023 and kept incommunicado without bringing him to court for any offence.

It was learnt that after the media report, the police called the parents of the teenager to come and take him after the Force Headquarters called the Commissioner of Police to explain the reason behind the three months’ detention without trial if there was any evidence linking the boy to the alleged crime.

Confirming the release of the 16-year-old schoolboy, the President of CRRAN, Olu Omotayo, thanked SaharaReporters for standing with the oppressed and exposing the criminalities in the Nigerian Police Force.

Omotayo said: “Thanks so much for your efforts and interventions in respect of this matter. “Re: Continued Unlawful Detention Of 16 Year Old Arinze Nelson Eze AT The State Police Headquarters Enugu Since 9th October 2023; A Clear Violation Of The Child Rights Act 2003.”

“The father of the detained boy called me last night that the boy was released from the police detention yesterday evening after 3 months detention.”

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