13 arrested over killing of four UNIPORT students for stealing

Thirteen persons, including the Chief of the Omokere Aluu community, in River State, have been arrested in connection with the killings of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were accused of stealing.

The Nigerian cyber world is currently frenzying over a video allegedly from Omokere Aluu community in Rivers state, showing a mob action that led to beating, killing and burning of four young men, allegedly for stealing.

The gory video which was published on various websites, late Saturday night, showed how the crowd lynched the four naked men who were eventually set ablaze after three of them went unconscious.

The victims of the mob action have been identified as Lloyd, Tekena, Ugonna and Chidiaka. They were said to be students of the University of Port Harcourt.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers state, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, who confirmed the arrest stated that some arrests were made in Aluu, adding that any person found not culpable would be released.

“The Rivers state police command is strongly opposed to such barbaric conduct, and has commenced diligent investigation into the matter,” he said.

He added that the video was forming part of the investigation.

Conflicting reports trail the reason behind the jungle justice meted on the unfortunate victims.

While some said the victims were robbers and stole blackberry phones and laptops, another report said they were on a debt recovery mission before they were mistaken for robbers.

However, Nigerians have taken to different social media platforms to express their outrage at the killings, calling for a quick investigation and arrest of identified members of the mob.