Following the murder of the four student of the University of Port Harcourt in Aluu community on October 5th 2012. A Federal High Court in River state on July 31st found three persons guilty of the charge.
The four male students namely Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa and Tekena Elkanah, were brutally murdered by members of Aluu community in the Obio-Apkor Local Government Area of Rivers, over allegations that they were thieves.
They were stripped naked, severely beaten and then burnt to death. 12 persons were initially arrested but in January this year, 5 persons were discharged and acquitted.
Those sentenced to death by Justice Letam Nyordee include, ex-Sergeant Lucky Orji, Ikechukwu Luis Amadi and David Chinasa Ogbonda. The other four suspects facing trial; Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe, Abang Cyril, and John Ayu were discharged and acquitted for lack of overwhelming evidence.
Father of one of the victims, Mr Messiah Obuzor in an interview with reporters praised the court for sentencing the killers to death. Obuzor said the the court’s judgment removed the tag of criminality on the late students and showed that his late son, Ugonna and his friends had no criminal dent, but were murdered extra-judicially.
“The eyes of the court saw an overwhelming proof that my son and the others were murdered unjustifiably. By what the court has pronounced, it is clear that the act is condemnable, illegal and barbaric,” he said.