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#JusticeforUNIPORTaluu4: IG of Police condemns Police actions over aluu4 killing during a press statement

IGP: Mohammed Abubakar
During a recent press statement by the Inspector General of Police Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, he categorically condemned the alleged actions of the Rivers state police who were said to have ran upon getting to the scene of the murder of Aluu4

Below is a text of the press statement by the IGP...


Rivers State: Murder of Four (4) Students of University of Port-Harcourt:


On 5th October, 2012 at about 0700Hrs, 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 10kms. The Police on getting to the scene met a mob attack on four

victims who were supposedly the suspected armed robbers. Attempt made by the

Police Patrol Team to take over the suspects were met with stiff opposition from the

mob who chased the team with stones.



Consequently, the Patrol Team called for reinforcements, but unfortunately, upon the

arrival of the reinforcements, the alleged armed robbery suspects have been stoned

and burnt to death, while the mob immediately took to their heels. The corpses were

recovered by the Police who by then have been joined by members of the Joint Task

Force (JTF). The victims were later identified to be students of University of Port Harcourt. They are namely:



(i)   Ugunna Obuzor- aged 18 Years; 200 Level

Geology student;

(ii) Lloyd Toku- aged 19 Years; 200 Level Civil

Engineering student;

(iii)Tekena Elkanah- aged 20 Years, a Diploma

Technical student

(iv)Chiadaka Odinga- aged 20 Years, 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 eighteen (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 (4) 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 to 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, massive deployment of Policemen has been made to the area, including

detectives to assist the State Police Command. Normalcy has been restored in the

area, while the situation in the area, especially in the University and other tertiary

institutions are being closely monitored with a view to forestalling any untoward

reactions.



Efforts are being intensified to establish the motive(s) behind this crime, arrest all

who may be directly or indirectly connected with the crime and eventually bring all

indicted persons to book.



I wish to use this medium to advice and appeal to Nigerians to see it as their civic

obligation in the fight against crime and criminality, to assist security agencies in the

discharge of their responsibility. Security is everybody’s responsibility and so, should

not be abandoned in the hands of security agencies alone. The maximum cooperation

of the public is needed to ensure that Nigeria is safe for all.



Nigerians are further reminded to avoid taking laws into their hands, as two wrongs

can never make a right. More so, it is criminal and against the laws of the land and

those that do so will surely be made to face the full wrath of the law.



In addition, the IGP appeals to citizens who might have information torching on

this and other on-going Police investigation not to hesitate in turning over such

information to the Nigeria Police Force.



May I assure Nigerians that the Police Force will do everything legitimate, within its

capacity, to ensure that perpetrators of these dastardly acts at Aluu in Rivers State are

identified and made to face the law.



IGP MOHAMMED D. ABUBAKAR, CFR, NPM, mni

INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA


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