The Anambra State Police Command said it had launched an investigation after a teenager identified as Uchenna Okafor, who was arrested for fighting in Awka, allegedly died in police custody at the Akwuzu Police Division in the state.
the punch reported that according to a social justice advocate and gender rights activist, @A_mummyya, who revealed information about Uchenna’s death on Twitter, the deceased was arrested along with two others for fighting and they were taken to the Police Division from Awkuzu.
The parents were asked to pay the sum of N50,000 each for their bail, but when the parents went to the police station last Tuesday, they were reportedly asked to come back on Thursday because the police officer Investigator in charge of the case was not present.
But upon their return on Thursday, they were told that the child died on Wednesday night.
She said: “Three boys were arrested by @PoliceNG for fighting in Awka, later transferred to Awkuzu SARS. Their parents were informed and went to see them last week, they were told that they had to pay damages in the amount of N150,000.
“Parents are still running for money. One of them, Uchenna Okafor, his parents saw him on Tuesday 3rd January and tried to pay his share of N50,000 and bail him out but they were asked to come back on Thursday because the IPO doesn’t work on Wednesday and he wasn’t available. .”
When contacted, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said SaharaReporters that the case was under investigation.
“The case is under investigation, the OPI that is handling the case has been summoned and the command has also invited the victim’s family.
“I’m on the matter and will update you on developments please.”