Aluu Four lynching

The Aluu Four lynching was a necklace lynching that involved four young men, Ugonna Obuzor, Lloyd Toku, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah, all students of the University of Port Harcourt. They were all lynched after they were falsely accused of theft in Aluu, a community in Obio/Akpor local government area, Rivers State, Nigeria on 5 October 2012.[1][2]

IncidentEdit

Chiadika Biringa, Lloyd Toku Mike, Tekena Elkanah and Ugonna Obuzor were all friends, first sons of their parents, and students of University of Port Harcourt.[citation needed] The four students were also occasional roommates.[citation needed] Ugonna sometimes spent the night with Tekena who lived outside the campus because his residence on campus was broken into multiple times. Ugonna had a debtor called Bright who was owing him some undisclosed amount of money which bothered him much. In time, Ugonna managed to find out Bright's particular location. He sought the help of his fellow rapper Lloyd, childhood and longtime friend Tekena and roommate Chiadika. Together, four of them ventured into a journey of no return. The four students finally arrived in the house of the debtor at about midnight, a time that seem odd for anyone to move about, carrying axe, pen knife, and Cutlass in order to scare the debtor. In the cause of settling the debt, a misunderstanding ensued which turned sour and eventually turned into a fight.[3][4]

The debtor whose name was Bright raised a false alarm and started screaming, claiming that the men were there to steal laptops and mobile phones. The vigilante group from Aluu, was alerted with the impression that the students were the criminals disturbing the community. Before the Vigilante group from Aluu would arrive, angry mobs has started chasing the four men through the streets with stick and stone-wielding, caught them, stripped naked, beaten and tortured until they were almost unconscious. Afterwards, in the presence of a crowd, the Nigerian police officers and some Nigerians, they were dragged through mud, had concrete slabs dropped on their heads and car tires filled with petrol wrapped around their necks (thus "necklacing") in order to burn them. Nobody could stop it, not even the Nigerian police force[5]

A sister of Tekena was nearby and then discovered that her brother was about to be killed via "jungle justice." She tried to intervene and rescue him with his friends by screaming at the top of her voice at the mob and reiterating their innocence but she was overpowered by the size of the mob. People from the mob told her to flee. In a last attempt to save her brother's life, she decided to contact other family members and the police, but the men had been killed by the time the required assistance was sought. The murders were filmed with a mobile phone and uploaded on the internet.[1][6]

ReactionsEdit

The video, 3 and a half minutes footage showing them lying on the ground "necklaced", beaten multiple times and finally being set on fire, went viral, with most viewers condemning the crime[citation needed]. Condolences were sent to the families of the victims. The Senate condemned the jungle justice that members of the community carried out where the four students were hurriedly murdered without trial in the presence of a crowd[citation needed]. Students of the university protested the murders and went on rampage by rioting and destroying properties in the community where the students had been lynched.[7]

AftermathEdit

The lynching was widely viewed in Nigeria and the rest of the world. The crime further exposed the "jungle justice" or "mob justice"' which is still prevalent in Nigeria.[8][9] Several people were arrested in connection with the crime.[citation needed]

On July 31, 2017, 4 years and 9 months after the horrid incident, Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt sentenced to death a Police Sergeant, Mr. Lucky Orji, David Chinasa Ogbada and Ikechukwu Louis Amadi, (aka Kapoon) for their active involvement in the murder of the four students of University of Port Harcourt.[10][11]

The court also discharged and acquitted four of the suspects in the trial, Saviour Johnny, Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe and Cyril Abang.[1][12][13]

A film titled "Dark October" based on the Aluu 4 Lynching directed by Toka Mcbaror and produced by Linda Ikeji is currently undergoing Post-Production and is set to be released later in the Year 2022.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Vladimir Duthiers (November 26, 2012). "Did misunderstanding lead to horrific Nigeria mob killings?". CNN. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Real Story Behind The Burning Alive Of Four UNIPORT Students In Port Harcourt Yesterday". Information Nigeria. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Aluu Four: Justice at last". Vanguard News. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  4. ^ Gabriel-Job, Nneka; Asuquo, EmeOlukemi; Alabere, DavidIbidabo (2018). "Determinants of the age at sexual debut among adolescents in secondary schools in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State, Nigeria". Port Harcourt Medical Journal. 12 (2): 81. doi:10.4103/phmj.phmj_7_18. ISSN 0795-3038.
  5. ^ "The true story about the 4 Murdered Uniport students". Elombah. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "Aluu 4: I watched them kill my brother – Tekena's sister". October 12, 2012.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Updated: UNIPORT shut down as students protest death of slain colleagues". Channels Television. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  8. ^ Godday, Akoh (2019-05-02). "Jungle Justice: Mob Kills Mad Man In Rivers (See Why)". Nigeria News. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  9. ^ "Jungle justice: Sokoto leads as 190 killed in 2yrs". Daily Trust. 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  10. ^ "Aluu Four: Police sergeant, 2 others sentenced to death". Vanguard News. 2017-07-31. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  11. ^ "Aluu Four: Policeman, two others sentenced to death | FRONTLINE NEWS". FRONTLINE NEWS. 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  12. ^ "Aluu 4 Killing: Is Justice Dead In Nigeria??? Group Laments Delay In Trial Of Suspects". Osun defender. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "Murder: Uniport students on rampage, set omuokiri, aluu ablaze". The Vanguard. Retrieved August 1, 2015.