A Rives State High Court has found three persons guilty of the murder of four students, who were lynched in Aluu community in 2012.
The court, presided over by Justice Nyordee, however discharged and acquitted four others, who were also charged with the 2012 gruesome murder.
TheJudge was of the view that the prosecution failed to prove its case of murder against the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th accused persons beyond reasonable doubt.
He, however, found the 1st to 3rd defendants guilty of murder as charged and sentenced them to death. Those to die are, Ex-Police Sergeant, Lucky Orji, David Chinasa Obada and Ikechukwu L. Amadi (a.K.a. Kapoo).
The judge ruled that they are guilty of the murder of four undergraduate students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) at Aluu, a university village in Ikwerre Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, in October 5, 2012.
Justice Nyordee believes that their conviction is a deterrent to all other men to treat human life with utmost care respect
Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Egbe, Cyril Abam and John Ayuu (a.k.a Jonny Barbar) were discharged and acquitted.
The Aluu 4 victims, Ugonna Obuzor (19), Tekena Elkanah (23), Lloyd Toku Mike (22), and Chiadika Biringa(23) were paraded naked and later lynched by a pull of water beside a waste dump at Umokiri in Aluu community. They were accused of stealing laptop and mobile handset. This later turned out not to be the case as the court had held.
Twelve persons, including the Paramount Ruler of the community Alhaji, Hassan Welewa and a retired Police sergeant Orji were being tried for the murder of the four youths.
Alhji Welewa and four others were charged for criminal negligence to prevent the murder of the young men. But were granted bail in 2015 and later discharged and acquitted early this year.
Justice Nyordee generally condemned the murder of the youths and blamed it mostly on the failure of the security agencies in the state, especially the Police and the Army for failure to do their constitutional responsibility, for which they are paid.
The judge said, “No explanation can ever be seen or taken as reason why the security teams in the area such as the police patrol team from Isiokpor division, the JTF, the C4i and the Aluu police post that were all armed at least minimally could not mobilize either individually or jointly to rescue the youths whose allegation that they were robbers could not be substantiated.
“The deaths of these bright young men in the circumstance given shows how cheap human life is, even when compared to mere animals. It is also surprising to know why police officers who are claiming heavily in their official duties to protect the lives in this state are not apprehended and sanctioned with criminal charge in a situation as grievous as this. It is still the sorry state of the affairs of the society,” he concluded.