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Police release underage kids to father

The children, Prince Ewere Onyeario, 8, and Isioma Onyeario, 5, were released without their mother, Mrs Rosemary Onyeario, who is spending her ninth day in…

The children, Prince Ewere Onyeario, 8, and Isioma Onyeario, 5, were released without their mother, Mrs Rosemary Onyeario, who is spending her ninth day in cell at the command.

Lawyer to the children and mother, Barrister Esther Uzoma, said their father was compelled to sign an undertaking stating that the children were released to him before their release Friday afternoon from the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 7 Command.

According to her, they were immediately rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, due to the severe mosquito bites they received while in detention.

The lawyer expressed fear as to the safety of the children’s mother, adding that nobody is allowed access to her inside the cell.

In an affidavit of urgency sworn to at an Abuja High Court on May 19, Barrister Peter Odia, another lawyer, stated that the children (who are now released) and their mother have been in police custody since May 13.

He declared that the children, who are minors are pupils of Handmaid Nursery and Primary School, Area 3, Garki, Abuja, who have been absent from school since they were taken into custody with their mother.

The lawyer then appealed to the court to entertain the matter of fundamental rights enforcement in the interest of justice because of the deteriorating  health of his client. He said police officers invaded the woman’s house without showing a search warrant or identifying themselves and conducted searches on her residence.

“After searching, they picked some items including two vehicles and she did not sign any search warrant,” the lawyer told the court.

He said the woman was informed at the AIG, Zone 7 Command, that she along with her children were arrested because she is a sibling of one Mr Leonard who is alleged to have committed a crime.

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