Police arraign 13 suspects over Aluu killings
13 persons including the 59-year-old traditional ruler of Aluu, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, were on Wednesday arraigned before a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court, over their alleged role in the killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Others were, Okoghiroh Endurance 24, Gabriel Oche 33, Ozioma Abajuo 23, Endurance Edet 27, Ikechukwu Louis Amadi (aka Kapoon) 32, David Chinasa Ogboda 30, and Chigozie Evans Samuel 22 years.
The accused persons are facing a five-count charge, which included conspiracy and murder.
Count 1 charge reads that the 13 accused persons and others at large on October 5, 2012, at Omuokiri, Aluu community in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did conspire amongst themselves to commit felony to wit: murder and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 laws of Rivers State, 1999.
Count 2 reads that the accused persons and others at large on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District “did murder one Ugonna Obuzor by lynching and burnt him to death and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code cap 37 volume 111 laws of Rivers State, 1999.
They were also accused of murdering Lloyd Toku Mike, Chiadika Biringa and Tekena Elkanah, by lynching and burning them to death and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 volume 111 laws of Rivers State, 1999.
No plea was taken, and the Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Woke, of Court 1, ordered that the accused persons should be remanded in prison custody.
Magistrate Woke stated that the court lacked the jurisdiction to try the case due to its nature and directed their case files to the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.
He adjourned the matter till December 20, 2012, for continuation.