Note:- this story is an eyewitness account from the 5th boy who escaped. He narrated this to Ugo and Lloyd’s friend who has pleaded that his identity be kept secret.
Barely couple of days after the gruesome murder of 4 students of the University of Port Harcourt, the whole scenario is getting clearer.
The Truth, the boys “ignorantly” got themselves involved with a cultist who operates with a gun, all in a bid to get their money back from a debtor, a resident of Aluu.
An Insider and eyewitness recounts what actually happened…
An indigene of Aluu owed Ugo some money and had vowed not to pay back. Ugo who was popularly known as Tipsy had gone to meet with another bold and notorious University fella (name withheld) to help them track the debtor who had been on the run.
‘Mr Bold guy’ (a cultist) who was feared by many in the school accepted to accompany his friends to get the debtor tracked down in exchange for a percentage of the debt as agreed by both students.
They were joined by their room-mate, Chidiaka. On their way to the place, they met one of their friend, Tekena, who knew nothing about the plan, and he joined, just for the hype as is normal with young boys of juvenile age.
That made 5 boys – Ugo, Lloyd, Chidiaka, Tekena and ‘Mr Bold Guy’ that got to the debtor’s compound. Unknown to the other four, ‘Mr Bold and notorious fella’ who was contracted to intimidate the debtor just to get the money paid, was armed with a gun.
When they got to the debtor’s house around 12am, a fight ensued, as the debtor confronted them. A next door neighbour, a woman started shouting on top of her voice, that they were thieves, attracting other bad boys around the area, whom were mainly “vikings”(cultist), the rival cult group of the one on contract.
They swung into action by tipping the vigilante group who confronted the boys, harassing them as thieves. In the process of beating the boys, while they were trying to prove their innocence, the fifth boy, ‘Mr Bold Guy’, who is a cultist, brought out his gun to scare the people, and he escaped, leaving the rest four at the mercy of the villagers.
The explanation they tried to give fell on the community’s deaf ears having seen one of them with a gun thus the people insisted they must be killed….and unfortunately they were lynched!