Mrs. Nwakaego Oramalu is the mother of seven-year-old Chibuike Oramalu, who was arraigned for murder on July 29 by the police in Enugu. The single mother narrates the incident to Punch.
At the court, the police said your son connived with the landlord to commit murder. What do you have to say about that?
It was not a plan, there was no plan. The landlord’s son told my son to go and tidy his father’s room. It was not a plan between my son and the landlord. What the police are saying is not true. There is nothing like a plan. How can the landlord and my little boy plan to kill someone?
Is your son violent?
My son is not violent. He is a peaceful and good natured boy. He is a gentle and easy-going boy.
What has been the reaction of the parents of the boy that was killed?
When I went to see them, they said they were not interested in any case. They said the case was with the police. They advised me to meet with the police.
The police said they did not detain your son and that they were only protecting him from a hostile mob that wanted to lynch him after a stray bullet killed the 12-year-old. Has anybody tried to attack your son?
On the day of the incident, members of the late boy’s family were asking for the landlord’s son. They said they suspected the landlord’s son and not my son. When my children and I were being taken away by the police, the people around were shouting ‘leave that woman and her children alone. They are not the ones to arrest.’