Police release boy,11, from detention after declaring self police IG


An eleven-year-old boy, Gift Osayuhi, who declared himself Inspector General of Police, has been released from police detention.

Gift was among the people arrested in the Edo for allegedly attacking a Police Station.

The teenager who was in police custody, said, his dream was to become a Police officer, rising to the position of IGP and the #EndSARS protest provided the opportunity; he quickly joined the protest and declared himself IGP.

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He was later released from the custody with the help of a human right activist, Kola Edokpayi.

Earlier after his arrest, Gift had worn the uniform of a Police Sergeant and declared himself as the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Confirming the development, Mr Edokpayi thanked the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Kokumo and the State Ministry of Justice for their understanding and cooperation.

He also disclosed that the boy, whose mother is a widow, said that his dream is to become the IGP.

“We have been able to secure the unconditional release of the 11-year-old boy by name Gift Osayuhi, whose picture went viral on social media for allegedly joining some miscreants to break into Oba Market Police Station, took their Police uniform, wore it and declared himself as the new IG of Police during the #EndSARS protest.”

“The boy was released to us after we undertook to rehabilitate and reform him,” Mr Edokpayi said.

“The young boy said his dream is to become the IG of Police and we also undertook to ensure the boy is given a proper education so as help him achieve his dream.

We sincerely thank Edo State Commissioner of Police and Edo State Ministry of Justice for the kind understanding and cooperation.


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