The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, CID, Rivers State Command, Mr. Sam Okaula has vowed that killers of four students of the University of Port Harcourt fished out and punished accordingly.
The victims are: Ugonna, Tekena, Chiadika and Lloyd. Answering questions on a Channels Television programme monitored in Lagos this morning, Okaula confirmed police have been trailing leaders of the vigilance group in the village that masterminded the gruesome murder of the students.
He said police responded promptly when a distress call was made to them before the students were murdered. He noted there might have been a grand conspiracy on the part of the community to execute the students since it was alleged there were frictions between Uniport students and the villagers before the incident.
He confirmed that police have arrested the community leader others because it was alleged that the four students were taken before him and he must have approved their execution adding, “we’ll fish out all the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”
The four students of Uniport were allegedly seized on Friday by vigilance group of Aluu Community, Ikwerre Local Government area of Rivers State, southsouth Nigeria.
They were stripped and paraded naked in the community before they were murdered.
It was learnt the students made a distress call to the police but before any assistance could come their way, they were lynched. The incident was recorded on video which has viralon the internet.
The Rivers State Police Command and members of the Military Task Force swooped on Aluu Community and Sunday and arrested 13 persons including the village chief.
Security operatives were said to be identifying the suspects through the video recording of the gruesome murder of the students, one of them, the son of Mr. Toku Mike, Director of Programmes, Rivers State Broadcasting Service, Port Harcourt.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari who briefed journalists on the incident, said Governor Chibuike Amaechi was pained, describing the incident as barbaric and unacceptable.
Amaechi has therefore directed that security agents to ensure the culprits are arrested and brought to justice, the commissioner said.
The ace broadcaster said, “my son was neither a thief nor a cultist. I got a distress call from him that day. But by the time JTF arrived, they had killed and burnt them.”