#ALUU4 Parents Mark One Year Of Students’ Death

One year after the gruesome murder of four students of University of Port Harcourt in Aluu, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, some government officials, students and civil society organisations joined in sympathising with the parents of the deceased during the one year memorial service in commemoration of their death.

Speaking at a Memorial Mass Service and unveiling of the Four Friends Dream Alive Foundation in Port Harcourt in Port Harcourt, the Catholic Priest Reverend Father Pata Edward has urged parents of the deceased students to remain prayerful and accept the will of God in good faith.

He called on the federal and state governments to give students’ welfare and security a human face in the current political dispensation.

The clergy also tasks Nigerian leaders to shun selfishness and greed which he claimed has bemoaned the Nigerian society and fashion out workable measures that would usher in development and ensure better Nigeria.

Disclosing their feelings on the judicial system in the past one year, the Commissioner for Information and Communications in Rivers State, Hon. Ibim Semenitari decried the slow dispensation of justice in the nation’s judicial system.

Semenitari also said, the Rivers State Government is determined to prosecute the killing of the four UNIPORT students to its logical conclusion and ensure justice is done.

Also speaking, a human rights activist in the Niger Delta, Ann Kio Briggs has attributed the killings of the four students of UNIPORT in October, 2012 to lack of accountability by government.

Ann Kio Briggs also explained that the inability of the University of Port Harcourt to provide enough accommodation and security for students of the institution has remained a vacuum to be filled by government as part of its social responsibility to the people.

She called on the judicial arm of government to bring justice to the perpetrators of crime to forestall future occurrences, stating that the involvement of a policeman in the matter is questionable.

On his part, the President of Faculty of Humanities Students Association and UNIPORT Faculty President Forum, Comrade Joseph Iyama expressed dissatisfaction in the way and manner the judiciary failed to give justice on the killing of four students of UNIPORT.

Comrade Iyama further called on the judiciary to ensure speedy dispensation of justice and avoid the politicization of the killing of the four UNIPORT students in order to restore the hope of the Nigerian students in the country.

While campaigning against jungle justice in Nigeria, spokesman of the Civil Liberties Organisation , CLO, in Rivers State, Comrade Livingstone Wechie condemned the act in the nation’s universities and its environment.

Comrade Wechie also described the killing of 40 university students in Adamawa State and another 40 students in Yobe State recently as a wake-up call for the federal government and security agents to live up to their constitutional responsibilities.

He however explained further that, the unveiling of the Four Friends Dream Foundation in commemoration of the gruesome murder of the four students at Aluu would champion the cause that Nigerian educational system is going extinct and must be resuscitated to tackle the upsurge in crime against humanity.

Making their feelings known to journalists shortly after the memorial service, parents of the four students killed at Aluu also disclosed the vacuum the killing had created in the life of their families in the past one year.

Mother to one of the students, late Lloyd Toku-Mike, Mrs Jane Toku-Mike said, the death of her son in the past one year has not only created a vacuum in the family but has encouraged her to prophesy and commit her children to consistent prayer life to avert repetition.

In the same vein, Mrs Chinwe Biringa, mother to late Chiadika Biringa has commended the media for its objectivity and investigative skills, urging the judiciary to rise to its responsibility of speedy dispensation of justice.

Also, Mrs Faith Friday Elkanah, mother to late Friday Elkanah and Mr Obuzor Josiah, father of late Ugonna Kelechi Josiah described the death of their children as a painful loss to the family and the society at large.

Delivering a lecture at the event, a lecturer with the University of Port Harcourt in the Social Sciences Department, Eze Chris Akani called for exemplary moral values in the society to avert crime against humanity.

Aluu Killing: Court Frees 7 Suspects

Seven out of the 18 persons arrested for the killing of the four University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) students in Omuokiri–Aluu community were on Thursday discharged by a Chief Magistrate court following the advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The Magistrate, Emmanuel Woke discharged the seven after he read the advice dated 25th January 2013 before the court.

He said that the seven persons were arrested and charged to court based on suspicion.

The advice also indicted one Hassan Welewa and 10 others for negligence in preventing the killings and active participation in the murder of Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekenah Elkanah.

Channels Television correspondent, Grace Ekang, reports that the magistrate told the court that the 11 accused were to face other charges from the DPP.

13 persons including the 59-year-old traditional ruler of Aluu, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, were in October 2012 arraigned before the Port Harcourt Magistrate Court, over their alleged role in the killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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.

The accused persons includes ex-sergeant Lucky Orji 43, Lawal Segun 28, Cynthia Chinwo 24, George Nwadei 20 and Ekpe Daniel 30 years old.

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.