There has been several stories regarding some gruesome pictures that emerged on the internet yesterday, most of these stories were half baked and this is what truly happened. The name of the victims are : Ugonna, Ilyod, Tekana and Chidiaka and the incident happened in Aluu community, a poor local community that has be ceaselessly tormented by daredevil armed robbers, these robbers kill whenever they find nothing to steal and in a more recent case, they killed a family man and molested his daughter before them.
Unable to get help from the government, the community decided to setup a vigilante group to curb the menace .
When the news went viral yesterday, it was reported that they were accused of stealing phones and laptops and were beaten to death. However, other accounts of the incident have emerged.
Some people claimed the students were actually cultists who terrorized the community and at the time they were caught, they had dangerous weapons on them.
On Twitter, someone using the handle @Penny_sugababe who says she stays in Port Harcourt recounted her view of the incident. Although a search for her original tweets shows that her account has either been deleted or suspended (or probably it was just my internet connection), her tweets were retweeted several times.
She started by saying “Gosh! So because the criminals that were killed in PH today were cute, people are calling it injustice…Smh… Nigerians sha”
Then she continued with more tweets which have been trending on Twitter
She received quite a bashing for her tweets anyway. But I came across a similar witness account on a site called Date360. This was reportedly written by a student:
“The Students involved are Cultists, They went to attack someone, they were about 5 in number, so on their way out, A girl saw them and screamed, these alerted people and they attacked them.. One of them escaped and the remaining 4 were caught with Weapons and beaten by a man , Hitting them Mercilessly and bringing them to a slow and painful death.. The man later Got Fuel and poured it in their mouth and lit it., Burning one student!, The man was stopped with the arrival of the police so he couldn’t burn the rest, they were later taken to the mortuary where the families of the deceased Came to claim the corpse…”
The students were not phone or laptop thieves, as claimed in earlier reports, they infact confessed to some of the killings and previous robbery incidences (although this could be as a result of excess torture)
I hope this helps the police in their investigations. The governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi has reportedly ordered the immediate arrest of the killers of the students.
What baffles me is that this act was carried out in broad day light and in the midst of so many people. Were the boys’ sins so grievous that no one could stop the men who were beating them up?
I think not just the state governor, but the President has to intervene in this case. Despite what they might have done, this sort of jungle justice, beating young men to death on the streets in the midst of everyone including children just doesn’t sound right.
What do you think about the prevailing trend of jungle justice in Nigeria?