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The four Uniport students (Aluu 4) were set up by someone who owed them money - Inspector General of Police
| October 16, 2012
Details continue to emerge about the lynching of the four University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) students on October 5, 2012. A statement from the Office of the Inspector General of Police presented some background on how the students were lynched and details of the progress the police is making with prosecuting the case. The statement said that the students were set up by Coxson Lelebori Lucky, alias ‘Bright’, who owed money to them and when they went to collect the money from him he falsely reported them to be armed robbers. The report also said that Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the traditional ruler of Omikiri community in Aluu in Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State incited the mob to beat and kill the students, and four suspects - Felemo Solomon, Cynthia Chinwo, Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Samuel Evans - have been identified as ringleaders of the mob. The Inspector General of Police's statement said, "On October 5, 2012 at about 0700 hrs, based on a distress call that some armed robbers were arrested at Omukiri-Aluu area in Ikwerre LGA, a patrol team of four policemen from Isiokpo Divisional Police Headquarters was dispatched to the area, a distance of about 10 kilometres." “The police on getting to the scene, met a mob attack on four victims who were supposedly the suspected armed robbers. Attempts made by the police patrol team to take over the suspects was met with stiff opposition from the mob who chased the ploice team away with stones. Consequently, the patrol team called for reinforcement, but unfortunately, upon the arrival of the reinforcement, the alleged armed robbery suspects had been stoned and burnt to death, while the mob ran away. " “The corpses were recovered by the police who by then had been joined by members of the Joint Task Force (JTF). ‘The victims were later identified to be students of the University of Port Harcourt. They are namely: Ugunna Obuzor, aged 18, a 200 level Geology student; Lloyd Toku, 19, a 200 Level Civil Engineering student; Tekena Elkanah, 20, a Diploma Technical student and Chiadaka Odinga, 20, a 200 level Theatre Arts student. “The police immediately launched an investigation leading to the arrest (based on information) of Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the traditional ruler of Omukiri Community, Aluu, where the heinous incident took place and 18 others, some of who are members of the vigilante group of the community. “Intelligence report implicated Alhaji Hassan Welewa as being the person who incited the mob to unleash terror on the victims. Further investigation conducted by the police indicates that four suspects, namely: Felemo Solomon; Cynthia Chinwo; Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Samuel Evans, have been closely linked to this barbarous act. “Findings have revealed that the victims had gone to the area where they met their unfortunate death earlier that morning to demand for money allegedly owed them by Coxson Lelebori Lucky, alias ‘Bright’, who raised a false alarm that the victims were armed robbers. Although Coxson has gone underground, detectives are on his trail. “Investigation is ongoing with efforts being intensified to track down others who are involved in the incident. Those who are found culpable shall be prosecuted.” Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the University of Port Harcourt to reinstate a lecturer, Dr. Andrew Efemini, who was removed as the Head of the Department of Philosophy. He was removed as the HOD for participating in the student protest that occurred after the four students were killed.

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Je girl    port harcourt, Nigeria    October 16, 2012
Uniport V.C must b mad 4 even tinkin of removin d HOD 4rm his seat jst bcos he's concern abt d death of his student, dat mean d V.C is support of d killing of his 4 student indeed he's nt fit 2 b a V.C since he can't protect his students. Come 2 tink does he even have children? Evil VC of uniport u must go bad man.
Tiger    Boi, Mali    October 16, 2012
According to Miss Ibisobia Elkanah, Tekena Elkanah\'s sister, the first policemen at the seen gave their blessing to the actions of the lynch mob. They arrived at the seen early enough to save the lives of those young men, but they instead sided with the mob and turned a blind eye to what was going on. It was after this that the mob escalated their barbaric acts. It was stated that one of the officers told the mob to burn the students. Therefore, those police officers should be investigated as well.
Irate!    London, UK    October 16, 2012
How true is this report though because according to an alleged report by the sister of Tekenah (RIP), she witnessed the police laughing with some of the mob and as they (the police) turned to leave, she overhead them say "burn them alive".

It all seems senseless to me, afterall, there have been reports of the police shooting and killing innocent people randomly so why in heaven's name did their guns fail them at this particular time????!!!! Overpowered ko!
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