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Boy arrested for fighting dies in police custody

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A boy identified as Uchenna Okafor, has allegedly died after he was arrested and taken into custody at Akwuzu Police Station, Anambra State.

A social justice campaigner shared the story on his Twitter handle. The Twitter user claimed that three boys were arrested last week for fighting and their parents were alerted about the incident.

According to the Twitter user, Uchenna’s parents were asked to bring N150,000 for the release of their son. Sadly, when they got to the station on Thursday, they were informed that their son had passed on.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, while reacting to the Tweet, said, “I have asked the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command to look into the matter and revert please.”

The Anambra State Police Spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, while reacting through a statement, on Monday, said, “While we are looking into the allegation, the information before me is not a case of two fighting as alleged but a case of armed robbery.

“The Twitter handler is expected to be in the command this morning with more facts. Also, the IPO handling the case is expected with his brief this morning. Thanks.”

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