•As Police launch manhunt for mastermind
From MOLLY KILETE, Abuja
Police have launched a manhunt for the man who incited the gruesome murder of four undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Umuokiri Aluu community in Rivers State, recently. Chiadika Lordson, Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, Mike Lloyd Toku and Tekena Elkanah, all part-two students of UNIPORT were murdered in cold blood pen-ultimate Friday, over alleged theft of a laptop computer and a Blackberry phone.
The students met their untimely death in the community which is about three kilometers to the university campus. Giving updates on the killings in Abuja, yesterday, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told journalists that the victims had gone to Umuokiri early in the morning of that fateful day to demand for money allegedly owed them by one Coxson, who later raised the false alarm that the students were armed robbers.
Mba said although Coxson had gone into hiding, detectives were on his trail and would soon catch up with him. Already, 21 persons involved in the despicable incident have been arrested and are being detained by the Police.
Among those in custody is the traditional ruler, Alhaji Hassan Welewa. and four others alleged to be closely linked to the murder. They include Felemo Solomon, Cynthia Chinwo, Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Samuel Evans. Mba said investigation into the matter was ongoing and that the police were also beaming their searchlight on the Force to ascertain the involvement of the policemen, who were alleged to have watched while the killings went on. The police spokesman appealed to members of the public who might have information that would aid police investigation not to hesitate in giving away such information.
Mba also restated the Force’s readiness to bring all those involved in the gruesome killing to book no matter how highly placed they may be in the society. The police spokesman warned that the Police would no longer tolerate citizens who ttake laws into their hands, stressing that Nigeria was not a lawless country where people would take laws into their hands at the slightest provocation.
He sternly warned, “jungle justice solves no problem and can never be the solution to our problems. If you take laws into your hands, you commit a serious offence and you will be made to face the full wrath of the law because Nigeria is not a lawless country.” The image-maker added that “efforts were being intensified to track down others who were involved in the incident, stressing that those found culpable would be prosecuted.