About six weeks after four students of the University of Port Harcourt were murdered by a mob in Aluu community, the National Association of Nigerian Students, has called on the government to release its members, who were arrested during a protest against the incident.
NANS Director of Action and Mobilisation, South-South and South-East, Mr. Jonah Adokie, made the call on Friday during the funeral service of one of the slain students, Lloyd Toku Mike.
Adokie expressed dissatisfaction over the manner the government was handling the killing of their colleagues and the continued detention of NANS members in police custody, who protested in Aluu. He condoled with the families of Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, Ugonna Obuzor and Friday Elkanam.
He said, “We feel more bereaved than the parents of the slain students and we will continue to stand by the parents of our dead colleagues. We are not happy about the way the matter is being handled because some of our colleagues are in detention for peacefully protesting the killing of our colleagues.”
The parents of one of the slain students, Mr. Steven Biringa, said he felt shattered and unfulfilled about the death of his child, Chiadika, and his three friends by a mob.
“There is no way one will not feel bad, even the air, the sand are feeling the same way. He (Chiadika) was somebody who had a vision and an ambition. But we have decided to hand over everything to God. I expect more from the state government and security agencies, at least to use this very incident to stop such heartless killings,” he said.