The awful pictures of the murdered UNIPORT students, who were at the time reportedly burnt to death, for stealing phones and laptops, went bizarre on social media.
However, a different story evolved recently. A friend to an eyewitness gave the chronological and correct accounts of the facts that were carried in the reports. Tweeting with the handle @Penny_sugababe, Peniel, A resident,who apparently stays in Port Harcourt. She started by expressing her bitterness over the fact that many people attached sentiments in their reactions.
She eventually recounted the story, as told by her friend.
“For people who need the real gist of what happened in UNIPORT, my friend was an eyewitness, nd she even has a part of the video on her fone. The people in Aluu community complained dey had been terrorized my robbers lately and it was almost a routine so dey set up a vigilante grp
“At about 5am this morning, they got word dat dey were some robbers in d area and they made sure all the exits were blocked while dey waited. They were caught and dragged to d community head who told dem to confess and dey gave 3 different stories that didn’t even match. They were actually 5, one of them escaped! Dey got info about someone that had some money, it wasn’t laptops and phones please
“Ugonna’s (the cutest) sister said she actually gave him money yesterday to go back home. PS: he’s an only son with 4 sisters
“Anyways, people actually begged for their lives, but the community boys were bent on dealing with dem! These boys had machetes and axes sef. The community boys started beating then with dia own machetes and other weapons, until dey gave up! Police came afterwards for the bodies
“Llyod (one of the criminals) father works with Radio rivers and even announced on air today that his son is “no thief” and he has never seen
“They chose a wrong path, and dey knew the end…… Did dey expect an angry mob to pat dem on dia backs and give then ice-cream? Oh please
“Good night folks, pray for your loved ones, never to join a wrong crowd or be misguided. The fate of those boys…… It is well.”
Such account atimes left one in no better state than being confused, we pray as individual and a nation such gory situation will be far from us.May God give the families the fortitude to bear the loss.