Justice Letam Nyordee of the high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state has sentenced three persons to death for the lynching death of four students of the University of Port Harcourt (popularly called Aluu4) in Aluu community in 2012. The Court also discharged and acquitted the remaining 4. According to Justice Letam Nyordee, the prosecution failed to prove it’s case of murder against the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th accused persons beyond every reasonable doubt. He however found the 1st to 3rd defendants guilty of murder.
Those sentenced to death include, ex-Sergeant Lucky Orji, Ikechukwu Luis Amadi and David Chinasa Ogbonda. The other four suspects facing trial; Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe, Abang Cyril, and John Ayu were discharged and acquitted for lack of overwhelming evidence.
Justice Nyordee in his Judgment blamed the accused persons for embarking on mob action without having the facts about the action of the students.
The Judge said the death of the four children was a culmination of the shameful failure of security institutions especially in the area of intelligence sharing, adding that the Police, the C4i and the Joint Military Task Force failed in their responsibilities.
“You are found guilty in line with Section 319 of the Criminal Code cap 9. of the Laws of Rivers state.”
Speaking with newsmen, counsel to the convicted persons, Chukwueze Ifedi said the decision of the court was based on findings of the investigation.
For his part, the obviously disappointed Director of Public Prosecutions, Ibikiri Otorubio said the state will study the judgment and decide on the next line of action.
“What we can say is that the judge has done his part and we will do our own. We will study the judgment and take the next action,” he said.
Twelve people were standing trial for the murder of the young undergraduates but five were discharged early this year.
Father of one of the killed students, Mike Torku expressed disappointment in the judgment. Torku said the only consolation from the decision of the court is that the children who were wrongly killed have been vindicated. He also expressed happiness that the matter which has been on since 2012 has come to an end.
4 Sentenced To Death For Lynching Murder Of “ALUU 4” UniPort Students. Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa and Tekena Elkanah were killed on October 5th, 2012 at Omokiri community, Aluu in Ikwerre Local government area of Rivers state
Remembring The ALUU 4: lloyd Toku Mike
The name Lloyd means excellent, little wonder he was a wonderful child even from birth.
At the age of five was able to draw creatively anything he sets his eyes on, including the Nigerian coat of arms.
Born on the 21″ of November 1993 to the family of Mr. & Mrs. Toku Mike of Okikike War Canoe House, Ogbogbo town in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
In primary school, he was given double promotion from primary four to six because of his brilliance.
He then attended New Covenant Secondary School, Borokiri. Port Harcourt. Where he met one of his childhood friends the Late Tekena F. Elkanah.
He later enrolled into another Secondary School the Niger Delta Science School where he met his roommate, soul mate and closest friend, Late Ugonna Obuzor.
He was the winner of the Third edition of the Silverbird Musical show called turp rap battle for upcoming artists in Rivers State.
Lloyd was a very sociable person, though shy, he was able to mix easily among his peers.
Remembring The ALUU 4: Tekena Friday Elkanah
Tekena was fondly known as TK
He was born on 20th November 1992, to Mr. and Mrs. Friday Elkanah in Elkanah’s Family of Olobofika War Canoe House of Kingoli/Fuamakiri/Orumokpo Group of Houses.
He had his early education in Port Harcourt at the Nigerian Navy Nursery/Primary School, Borikiri in 1997.
He enrolled with the New Covenant Group of Schools at New Road, Port Harcourt for his Secondary education in 2004, where he met his childhood friend Master Lloyd Toku Mike.
In 2010 they met themselves again in the University of Port Harcourt, Choba where he started a Pre-degree programme (Basic) to study Mechanical Engineering but he was not favored. In 2011, he repeated the programme without success.
As a determined student who saw life as though difficult, but worth struggling for, with the support of his parents and siblings went again in 2012 for a certificate Programme in computer Science Curriculum.
It was while running this programme that this young star met his brutal death together with his friend Lloyd Toku Mike and others, on October 5th 2012.
He was the only son and last child among four(4) girls.
Late Tekena was very handsome and quiet person and also shy amongst girls but did blend very well with friends (boys). Always well dressed, looking sweet and teasing.
Remembring The ALUU 4: Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor
AKA Ugonna young
Ugonna was born on Monday May 30th 1994 into the families of Mr Messaiah Amobi Obuzor and late Mrs Uwen Jane Obuzor (Nee Bassey).
He had his primary school education at the staff nursery and primary school (SNAPS) of the Federal College of Education (Technical ) Omoku.
He started his secondary education at the Demonstration Secondary School Omoku where he did JSS 1-3.
When Ugonna’s Mother in October 26′” 2005 passed on, he was by circumstance compelled to change to Niger Delta science school (NDSS) of Rivers state Arts and Science, Rumuola. Port Harcourt where he completed his secondary education, SSS 1-3.
He Wrote both the May/June WASSCE and NECO in 2009 and obtained excellent results in all his subjects. He sat for both examinations at the age of 15.
He gained admission to study geology at the University of Port Harcourt in 2010/2011 academic year.
He was very sociable, respectful. humble, caring and mixed with friends easily. He was an admirable young man and a gifted child.
Ugonna had musical talents. He featured in some musical competition like the “Rap Attack” that was aired by Silverbird Television. Port Harcourt.
Ugonna was fondly called “Ugo boy” by his Dad and Tipsy by his close friends Ugonna was indeed the best any sibling could think of and have.
He was a young man that always dreamed big. He had a thinking mind and believed that dreams could come true if you put your mind on it. He had always said, he will be a graduate at the age of twenty (20).
Ugonna, as a geology undergraduate was already looking forward to his industrial attachment and youth service programme.
Remembring The ALUU 4: Chiadika Loroson Biringa
Born on 23rd September 1992, Chiadika was the first of four male children of Comrade & Mrs Biringa O.S.
He started his nursery and primary education at Staff Nursery and Primary School (SNAPS) FGC Rumuokoro and his Secondary education at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Borokiri.
Based on his love for music, dance and other social related activities, Chiadika chose a career in Theatre Arts and gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt in 2010 to study his desired discipline (Theatre Arts).
Late Chiadika Biringa, a sophomore student of the University of Port Harcourt and was known for his good sense of humour, generosity and friendliness to people and respect.
He was a person filled with so many dreams and aspirations.