We could recalled that four students of the University of port-harcourt were lynched on October 5, 2012 by a mob in Aluu.
According to the news reaching us The Nigerian Police authority on Monday confirmed that the four University of Port Harcourt students killed by a mob at Aluu, Rivers State, were not armed robbers but a setup.
The police named Coxson Lucky, alias Bright, the deptor as the mastermind behind the killings of the innocent boys.
The Force also said an arrest has been made involving 21 other persons, among them Segun Lawal, Felemo Solomon; Cynthia Chinwo; Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Samuel Evans said to have played key roles in the killings.
Although, Lucky, the police chief said, had gone underground, but detectives were still on his trail.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who said Lucky raised the alarm that resulted in the lynching of the students, however, assured that all those found culpable in the killings would be prosecuted in due course.
According to the IG who spoke through the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said the victim had gone to the community that morning to demand money allegedly owed them by Lucky, who raised the alarm that they were armed robbers.
He said, “Intelligence report implicated the traditional ruler of Omukiri community, Aluu, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, as being the person who incited the mob to unleash terror on the victims. Further investigation conducted by the police indicates that four suspects, namely: Felemo Solomon; Cynthia Chinwo; Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Samuel Evans have been closely linked to this barbarous act.”
On why the police could not rescue the boy, the IG explained that the patrol team sent to the scene of the lynching could not intervene because as members of the team were pelted with stones by the mob.
He said, “Consequently, the patrol team called for reinforcements, but unfortunately, upon the arrival of the reinforcements, the alleged robbery suspects had been stoned and burnt to death, while the mob immediately took to their heels.
“Their corpses were recovered by the Police who by then had been joined by members of the Joint Task Force. The victims were later identified to be students of University of Port Harcourt.”
He said investigation was ongoing and efforts were being intensified to track down others who were involved in the incident. IGP Abubakar said he had deployed policemen in the area, including detectives to assist the State Police Command.