Outrage over Video of Lynching of 4 UNIPORT Students | Police Arrest Community Chief & 12 Others

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 8:55 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

It was bad enough that there were gruesome photos going viral online to remind us about the murder of four undergraduate students of University of Port-Harcourt. Now, we hear that there is a video recording of how the boys were beaten to death and it just makes me sick to my stomach.

On Friday 5th October, 2012, the students were beaten to death by a mob in Aluu community, Port-Harcourt where they resided in off campus accomodation.  There have been several accounts of their offences. Some say the students were robbers, some say they were cultists, some say they were petty thieves, and some say they were innocent.

Regardless of what their crime was, the four young men, Lloyd, Tekena, Ugonna and Chidiaka were killed in a barbaric way and it is sad that some people stood by to take pictures and record the entire incident.  After seeing those pictures, I really don’t have the nerve to watch the video but it pains me that there is actually a video somewhere of this sad event going viral on the internet.

However, the police in the police have arrested Aluu community leader, Alhaji Hassan Walewa and 12 other suspects including members of Walewa’s family and some students of the institution, who lived off campus.

Punch reports that the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, confirmed the arrests and advised students of the University not to take the law into their hands.

“Rivers State Police Command unequivocally condemns the gruesome killing of four UniPort students on October 5, by irate mob from Aluu community. The command sympathises with the families of the slain students and also appeals to them not to take the laws into their hands.  Students of the university are urged not to engage in any reprisal attack as such could lead to chaos and anarchy.”

The immediate past President of UNIPORT’s Students’ Union, Mr. Rhino Owhorkire, also condemned their murder and expressed regrets that some students living within the community had also been arrested by the police.

“We totally condemn the act that was perpetrated by the Omokiri Aluu community. We ought to have gone beyond meting out jungle justice to anybody. They claimed the students were robbers, but nobody came out to say his property was stolen.

“We also heard that the students were cult members, who went to collect dues from other members. But the aggrieved colleagues decided to brand them thieves and this attracted some members of the community who killed them. We have been hearing a lot of rumours since the incident.”

Although it’s been a few days already, it’s hard to shake off the sad feeling their death brings. What would be our definition of justice for these young men? To see their killers arrested? Killed? Sent to prison? The police must indeed continue with their investigations and bring their killers to pay for their acts, but somehow I feel that alone is not justice. Their deaths must serve as a reminder that we can’t just take the law into our hands and murder people because we (and not the court of law) find them guilty of a crime. This sort of thing mustn’t happen in our society again. They can’t just die like that!

And for those who say they deserved to die in that manner because they were guilty, I say to them; if we as a society decide to see nothing wrong with jungle justice, one day, truly innocent people would be killed on the streets because we have accepted this barbaric kind of judgement.

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    • Sexxie October 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Only 13. The whole damned community should be arrested!

      • andrew akan October 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        his that ugly short bastard that killed dem one after the other among the persons arested,in his useless life can e give birth to such handsome promising boys,attime the bad eggs among the vigilantee group commit the crimes,God will purnish both the killers those that recorded the ugly act,how we u fill watching people kill ur son or maybe your brother in the net,may God purnish aluu.

      • Eze Enyioko` October 10, 2012 at 4:42 AM

        Whatever the offense was they should’nt have tortured and burn those students alive. How can the public institute a judgement in a society where the police is existing. That community should be disbanded from existing.

    • Inem October 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      I wouldn’t even want to watch the video if I saw it…no matter what kind of people they were, they did not deserve to die that way, afterall they are people worse than them who are still roaming the streets. The story of how they were killed is really sad and pathetic. May God truly forgive those who stood there to take videos of such gruesome murder. *sad*

    • depps October 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      if u r not d giver of life, d giver of the air we breathe,then u have no right in dis world to take another life …R.I.P#Aluu4

    • Copied from a previous post October 8, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      This is one of the best responses i’ve ever read on BN – Lara, can I hug you abeg. You too talk well. Those that watched the video ehn, I don’t know what to say to you. From the description, it was gruesome, yet you took your fingers, and clicked on it to watch. Then you come here and on LI saying, you have been crying since, you can’t, sleep, you can’t eat, you can’t whatever. Person send you to watch. What did you expect to gain, why flood your brain with such images, why continue to “support” this habit of recording another human being suffer/die. The recorder, just stood by and watched those boys murdered in such a way, and you guys support him by watching/circulating his recording, yet you are outraged that people stood by and did nothing. Why, why. If it is not to satisfy some sick, twisted part of you, to see such acts. You don’t need to watch the video to condemn such acts or be incensed by it. Hypocrisy is the national anthem of Nigerians, I swear. Unless you are a law enforcement operative/at a senior level in the media. You have no business, watching such videos. You don’t need to watch the video, to be able to support or influence the arrests of those murderers. Recently and article was on BN about a little boy being molested, and the same comments I can see here too. People watched the video. Why, why, watch it. I’m sure if cynthia’s murderers recorded their actions, the video too would have gone viral. We are becoming mentally unbalanced as a people o. Our tolerance level for visualising evil is worrisome. We should watch out. The internet, shouldn’t become our folly. The written report on was not enough to incense you? Noooooo, you had to go further, and some also circulated it. Click, click, click, mob mentality. The other day, a man fell off a bike in Gbagada, and rather than someone coming to his aid, people brought out mobile phones. If we as human beings, don’t watch such videos, people will STOP recording. Please think about that, the next time you unconsciously, or even consciously support the act of recording, rather than coming to someone’s aid.
      GBAM!!!!! – and to someone who said they watched out of curiosity. Curiosity my ass. Curiosity will lead you to watch another human being being slaughtered. Sickos, the whole lot of you.

      • Nellie October 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        Well said. Y watch d video? Nigerians….. We are becoming sick people. Now u r cominghere to tell us u were crying. I hope u don’t sleep sef. God is watching us all.

      • Rachael Kelly-Taylor October 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        @ Copied from a previous post God bless you for this post. This is why I love BN. I was saying the same thing on LI blog when she posted a video of young kids getting raped by a doctor. I was shocked to see the amount people wanting and urging to watch the video. It’s so sickening what Nigerians have become. I can remember when the Dana airlines crashed and people where posting pictures and videos of people getting burnt. Nigerians have you guys lost it. When did watching someone get raped, killed, dismembered, burnt become a thing of fantasy. Would you appreciate it if someone or people are transferring videos of your beloved son/brother/cousin getting lynched to death.

    • Teeenaaa October 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Dey shuld wipe out d entire Aluu, 2 tink dat dey dint even give dem time 2 even proove dere innocence… its rily pathetic! Even cynthia’s killers re still alive hail n hearthy witout eny bruise on dem… hnmmmm sad story!!!

    • opuingo October 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Its just sad, can’t stop crying after I watched dat video, I think of my brothers and all my male friends and I can’t stop crying

    • saintdc October 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Pathetic… ȋ̝̊̅ think Nigerians are beginning †̥o lose any iota of conscience Y̶̲̥̅̊o̶̲̥̊и̣̣̣ possess.. How come people had the mind †̥o stand and video people burning… M̶̲̥̅Ɣ God, they had nerves and God have mercy on the souls of the innocent guys who died for nothing…

    • onyekapeaceonuh October 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      The should arrest the intrials communitie, this boys are innocent that d murderd in cool blood, the deed will not go free d must pay for it.

    • Roseann October 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      It is sad that in the year 2012, such an incident can happen in our country. I don’t care to know what these children did or did not do, they don’t deserve to die like this! It is totally wrong to take the laws into your hands.

    • Boyo October 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Well, the spirit of killings had entered the Aluu community. Sad enough that the spirit consumed the four young handsome, promising boys. Come what may, the blood of the guys would surely cry and revenge.

      Here I expressed my sympathy with “may their soul rest in perfect peace ” Aamen.

    • Sam October 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Maybe it was Boko Haram. Since all Southerners believe the North is barbaric, its nice to see you guys showing your true colours. R.I.P to the departed souls. Painful way to die.

    • Mana October 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      My husband watched the video and cry bitterly! Just imagine! I will not watch it! Why there are laws if they are not complied with? Anyone who has been involved in this crime should be punished. I am also of the opinion that the President must issue an opinion, so that every citizen of this country knows that the government will not tolerate such an act.

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    • zuyi October 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      sm1 sent me the video this morning but i cannot watch it. what has been done is inhuman and those to blame should be adequately punished. if they stole phones and laptops does the punishment fit the crime?

    • Naija Sports Gists October 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Jungle justice is very bad and should be roundly condemned. The perpetrators of these killings should be brought to book.

      http://naijasportsgists.wordpress.com/

    • chinny October 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      if the police cnt do anything about it let them allow the youths to do something. since the villagers has already taken the law into their hands. this is INJUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      even if they actually stole something. they didnt even put themselves in the shoes of these guys or their family. what a wicked act. the killers, crowd n even the people that snapped and videoed has killed their conscience.

    • Sense October 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      The way people were quick to jump to the conclusion that the boys deserved what they got disturbs and worries me. You weren’t there, you don’t know what the real story is/was because there have been different accounts from different so-called eyewitnesses but in your heart (if you have one), they deserved to die like goats. I am beyond worried.

      • 9jaman4life October 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        In CIVILISED countries, if you killed goats in that fashion, you would be ARRESTED and sent to JAIL

    • tosin October 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      i havent watch the vedio and not ready to spoil my day….what ever the case no one has the right to take the life of anyone….i wonder if those who used their phones to record should have just called the force men it would have yeilded result than recoring it……this is abuse of social network and i will say those who recorded are also supporters of such evil.may God keep us all from the hands of the men of the under world.

    • Amber October 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      People are getting sicker everyday in naija….I fear for the upcoming generations o,cos those people involved are parents to some children likewise those watching too.even if they had done something wrong,there should have been a better way to handle them other than taking lives and even burning….that’s animalistic,those people are……gosh.i don’t know wot to say..May God console the relatives.

    • snazzyjamo October 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      all i can say is that we do not love ourselves in dis country, cos i dnt undastand hw over 20 people would stand by, record nd partake in d killing of a fellow human being by one wicked idiot, may God have mercy on d onlookers because dey are also wicked.

    • peace October 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      God Help us

    • dmoloto October 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      I just think people don’t respect nigeria law if people can happily gathered around and watched with there phones recording 4 students been rutheless killed like this just becuase they were alleged of stealing but our leaders who loot our trechery and kill innocent citizens walk freely and even been awarded national honours,this is high level of injustice and curruption when will nigeria grow if we don’t start doing the right things at the right time?our govt.should start showing interest in there citizen before something worst than this happen

    • Peaches October 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      I felt soo sick, when i saw this video sent to my whatapp. I couldnt even stomach it.. Why do people feel the need to take the law into their own hands. What happend to reporting incident to the police. This shouldnt be happening and we’ve just celebrated 52yrs… wow… this soo backwards… Poor families of the four boys. God help our country, its not all about the gltiz, glamour, wedding and showbiz, this is REAL LIFE and REAL ISSUES HERE. CELEBS SHOULD START USING THEIR STATUS TO DO SOME REAL WORK……IF YOU CAN SAY NO TO DRUGS, SAY NO TO JUNGLE JUSTICE…

      MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE.

    • kem October 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      women, mothers were also there saying, the yellow one never die, how wicked can the heart of man, if only those women had beat their heart on their chest and lpeaded for mercy knowing what it takes to have a child, they would had been saved….i feel for this life, people are desperately heartless, selfish and aggressive, may their souls rest in peace…justice aluu4#

    • @ajiriavae October 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Justice to me is: the said chief that gave them the go ahead to be killed, the person who first called out “thief” (if it is established that they were not thieves) and everybody that is seen on the video battering them to death; all should be hung by the neck until dead. Also, I hear there were people alerting the muderers to the fact that someone they though was dead was actually not, in order for the muderers to come back and finish him off. Those people are accessories to murder so they should end up in jail. If these people are put on a very public trial and given maximum punishment, believe me, people will start to think before they murder people for allegations of stealing.

    • Chickee October 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Of course we, as human beings, get curious every now and then. I feel it’s small-minded for some people to call those who watched the video and found it sickening, disturbing or disheartening, hypocrites and say stuff like hope they never eat again or sleep or whatever. That’s very high school talk abeg. If u don’t wanna watch, then don’t, but don’t be running ur mouths anyhow. That said, it’s really sad to think that such horrific pictures are the last images the families of the boys will have of them. No matter what their alleged crime was they didn’t deserve to be treated worse than animals. Putting the faces of loved ones on the faces of those students, one can only imagine what the parents and relatives are feeling right now. The gruesome murder committed by the community members is far worse than what the boys were supposedly killed for. It’s terrifying what our country is turning into. I really do hope the government does something about this. May God help us and also console the families of all the people, especially the innocent ones, whose blood is constantly shed in Nigeria everyday. Amen

      • Rachael Kelly-Taylor October 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        Chickee, On a serious note, if this was one your relatives (brother, cousin, or child) would you want videos of them getting lynched going viral on the internet – I don’t think so. It’s not your relative so you deem it OK for people to watch the gruesome videos. What stupid curiosity will make anyone watch a video of someone else get lynched. This can only happen in Nigeria. There is absolutely no regulation of what goes on the internet. The people watching the video are as sick as the people that lynched those 4 young boys.

        • Long John Sylva October 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

          @ Racheal…
          What is the fuss about the people watching the video?
          We Nigerians can be so myopic at times. Some persons have to watch it before the understand the gravity of such crime and see the pain. We should be concern about how those four boys get justice not bad mouthing people that watch the video.
          Personally am happy there is this video so that nobody even our leaders can deny such happenings. Things like this happen everyday in Nigeria, mobs in different part has been doing this always and its like a normal thing to do, but this was different because thanks to social media which takes it to everybody even to our leaders, so we can all come out and fight this evil. So it will be so wrong and immature for someone to come here and start bad-mouthing people that watched the video, please if you dont have a better thing to say dont comment.

    • Mysterious! October 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      After arresting them, what next? Are they not still alive? We are just mean in this country. From the president, to the poilce who have killed countless innocent people to the bus conductor who would increase his fares at any given opportunity. We need a complete re-orientation. This is so saaaad!!!!

    • eve October 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      I’m more worried about the state of our country,to think women/children stood by to watch,them being brutalized and killed,to think people actually videoed and took pictures,to even think that the sight of those pictures were not enough,some people sat down to watch their fellow human being de-humanized. What a crying shame!! Where is the word compassion,forgiveness,love? No matter, they did not desrve this!! A thousand times NO!!! Those boys were killed for NOTHING!! What a wicked and callous nationn we live in,where hearts have been seared with a hot iron. Some even dare to say they deserved it. God have mercy on you all..pity,pity,pity. May their souls rest in perfect peace as God gives their families the grace to bear this horrible loss.

    • joy October 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      My only prayer for them is for them to Rest In Peace! For those killers and the community member , The young Youth whose blood is constantly shed in the land, watch out u Guys will” SUFFER TEAR” too.

    • omo October 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Now the chief is saying he did not order the killings. And the killer are not youths from his village.

    • omo October 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Sorry “killers”

    • anonymous October 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      even though i condemn the recordings and pictures, we wont have understood the gravity of the gruesomeness

    • TruthTeller October 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      The only thing I’ve been consoling myself with is that they made it right with God before dying because they eventually saw death coming. Nothing can heal this pain.I can not begin to imagine what their family members are going through right now. O GOD! please comfort their loved ones and deal with those that think they deserved to die!

    • lesi October 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      The truth is finally out!!!One of the four boys borrowed some huge amount of money to 1 Aluu boy who is his friend and for a time now d aluu boy has being trying to play smart(not to pay back) and on that faithful friday, d boy arrenge(uniport boy) with his other 3friends to surprise his debtor very early in d morning to ask of his money but unknown to him d animal had plans too, after some arguments d aluu boy called his fellows and started shouting that d uniport boys a cultist/thief, after much beating they swear that they must be killed so that d uniport boyz won’t report to police or call other students on them, pls as u read this ask urself some simple questions like y did they insist d boyz must die b4 other student or police will hear, (2) listen very well to what was said in d video, painfully getting those aluu boys to me is as easy as ABC, aluu is a small place, let’s start frm ppl living around d scene, d boy that was owning Him, etc dis hardworking boyz were very happy boyz whom were very popular in organising shows, we ve just lost our future celebrities,media youths, dis are boyz that travel abroad now tell me what’s a laptop to them and where on earth is d laptop they stole????we won’t sleep on dis, noooooo justice must prevail—–phina. Uniports students re rioting in Aluu,dats d evil community dat killed d youths And Gov Rotimi has arrested d chief of d community. We should never let this happen in our country again, cos tomorrow it could you, ur brother or ur friend. Rebroadcast Truth so their soul can rest in peace>:O

    • Situ Gbenga October 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Anybody that can kill should continue…. one day he too will die…. then judgement

    • tripol October 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Though it sickens me to think that an audience gathered to watch the beating and lynching of the four students, I feel the video recording, if properly utilized by the authorities, will provide invaluable evidence of the perpetrators during their investigations and subsequent prosecution in court.

      The video recordings, though made by those who watched, should be used to prosecute those bystanders and give justice to the families of those slain.

    • Iyabo October 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      I think the commissioner of police of this community should resign. Since he’s not capable of protecting the lives of the people in the community. I wonder in a community where police and security exist and such a act of injustice occurred. These are people that have not been convicted and proved guilty under the court of law, these are the people that are future lawyer,doctors,etc. Even if they have stolen, this doesn’t mean they have to go through capital punishment, gruesome murder. The government needs to find the killers of these boys and let the face the judiciary of the nation; and make them a scapegoat onto others, who passes jungle justice towards fellow human beings. it’s so pathetic being a parent and seeing four promising guys maimed, tortured, and killed in such a terrible way. I’m so sorry for the parents and I hope God will console them. The government should also find a way to compensate the families involved. Although money can not replace their sons, but this would be a warning to the government, and community members. Adieu.

    • ab October 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Tekena’s sister was on radio this morning. She said there was a police van in the area and the police and village chief okay-ed the killings.

    • posh October 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      this is the highest level of inhumanity…I was off BB for a while, If I hadn’t subscribed I wudnt av known such thing happened wat is wrong wit our media they all talk abt d same nonsense all d time.I had no idea wot I was in 4 wen I opened that video..I was literally crying I cudnt finish it,hw can pple be so wicked…the recording of the incident made pple realize d gravity of torture..if the shooting of those students in mubi was recorded then probably pple wud undastnd wot actually went down there..may God rest all there souls

    • Gimmer October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Nigerians are hyocrites…waht’s more barbaric than those who had the guts to even watch the video? i mean y’all knew it was a lynchng video right? YET you watched..you lot are as barbaric

      • Ayo October 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Oma se jare. You accuse people of being barbaric, yet you could watch the video. ROTFLMAO. Nigerians, epitomise oxymoron. Why the general populace (emphasis on general populace, cos the vidoe has gone viral) would want to watch the video of lynchings. It just takes me back to the salem witch trials. Y’all think you are all pure and saintly. Newsflash people. You voluntarily watched the video, please tell me what that says of you. Like the previous post, if cynthia’s murder was recorded, despite how horrific the confessions of those boys were (the written report of that event was also horrific), I can bet my salary that people would have watched it too. I await your justification o. Patiently waiting sef. If curiosity is the best anyone can come up with, then I know something about this comment, must have touched you, and you dont want to admit it.

      • nk iron October 9, 2012 at 3:31 AM

        whats ur problem do u think its everyone joys to watch such vidoe that vidoe would help bring perpetratos to justice and if it wasnt for the video no one could have tell how gruesome it was, plz mind ur mouth and stop talking rubish am sure u watched it coz u tell alot of details on the video. may thier soul rest in peace

    • George October 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      “And for those who say they deserved to die in that manner because they were guilty, I say to them; if we as a society decide to see nothing wrong with jungle justice, one day, truly innocent people would be killed on the streets because we have accepted this barbaric kind of judgement.” …… Oga Police Officer, make your men do their jobs and police properly without sentiments, withdraw the excessive policemen attached to fraudulent politician and make them police the communities effective then there would be need for JUDGLE JUSTICE…. my little kobo to you… When in scholl in one of the South Eastern State Uni, as one of a mob we handed some guys from another school (External) to the police for *Legal Justice* this next monday they were gone…

    • dammy October 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      y are ppl saying ur dis, ur dat if u watched d video, wats wrong in watching the video?..it only made us feel it more dan u guys dt didnt watch..i cried wen i watched it nd rilli touched me on d issue of Nigeria..there’s nothing if u watch it..nd if u can’t watch it..don’t condemn those that did..It’s really bad to take someone’s life when you didnt give the life..even Jesus said let him without a sin be the first to cast a stone’..no matter what these guys did, they had no atom of right to kill them…May God have mercy on us in Nigeria ooo..this is toooooooo bad!!!

      • keechi October 9, 2012 at 2:16 AM

        thank you so much dammy. Bcos someone watched the video doesn’t mean that they’re heartless or they’re spreading evil (according to somebody). Some pple like me (even tho I couldn’t watch the whole thing bcos it was unbearable) did it out of curiousity (YES! CURIOUSITY) doesn’t mean I’m twisted or sick. ANYWAYS, I’m really really furious with this whole situation and I sympathize with the families of these young guys. May God bless their souls. I don’t care what crime anyone commits, it is not up to us to take lives bcos we don’t create lives. Only the Creator Himself decides who he wants to take and keep. Whoever kills by the sword, dies by the sword…so those that killed him, their own is coming!

    • duny komolafe October 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      Am short oF words n full of tears

    • San peters October 8, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Honestly this is mere wickedness…and total inhuman Every Body that is involved in this 4 handsome Student will pay dearly for this them and their family as to show Good example to others who get involve in such act…I know they are not thieves …Those people who did this to them , them and their family, and people in the neighbor hood have to pay dearly for this with their lives death by hanging or firing squared to show example to others in the whole nation of Nigeria for those who find fun in killing thieves ….And a law should be placed round the nation that any thief been held should be taken to the police station without been touched And if any sign of beating is shown on the thief everybody in that neighbor hood will pay dearly for it with that this will stop because i know Nigerians are very wicked and stubborn ,,,this is a great shame to Nigeria, mr goodluck i know you will actless on this wickedness but its a shame to your country because i am in USA and the news is here and every where round the world , Poor boys their death should not go invain they should be revenged so their soul will rest in peace if not there will be no peace in Nigeria

    • Justice for Aluu 4 October 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      I have always prayed that when the time comes to contribute to society’s growth, I would be willing and able. Now I feel compelled to stand up and condemn what is evil and make a difference. But I can not do it alone. I need your help. If you have seen the video or pictures of the murder of the four (4) UniPort students for ALLEGED stealing and you genuinely feel disgusted, please share this message.
      “I personally, as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hold Gov. Amaechi accountable. He must ensure that every person whose face is captured in the video or pictures is arrested. Every one who participated in the beating must be tried for murder. The people who are shown encouraging them and who drew attention to the fact that one of the boys was not yet dead, are accessories to murder. The so called chief that decided their fate too should be tried for murder. If we get this one case right, people will be forced to stop and think before they participate in such acts of madness.
      I also hold the Nigeria Bar Association accountable. This people will claim that they did it because they do not believe in the judiciary. Take that as a challenge to show that you are not a toothless dog. Show us that you are an effective and capable body. I am personally insisting on justice for these boys.
      National Association of Nigerian Student, I hold you accountable, too. You claim you look out for student’s welfare. Do your job. Protect their interest by getting involved in the process to ensure that justice done.
      I also expect the Press to take the matter up and give it all the publicity it needs to cause action to be taken. The press needs to sensitize people to the fact it is murder to kill some one for alleged stealing. They must put pressure on the police to force them to protect people from this kind of jungle ‘justice’.”
      On Friday we will enter mosque to pray. On Sunday we will go to church to lift up Holy Hands. Let me assure you that our hands will be soiled if we let this go. We can make enough noise about it to get something done. That way, the chances of justice for these young men will be better. You have the power in your hand and you can decide to use it. Please share this, not only to get them justice but also to end this barbaric tradition of beating people to death and burning them. You never know whose life you may be saving.

    • my two cents October 8, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      I am happy that it was recorded. This is God’s way of ensuring that those boys’ cries will be heard. If it had not been recorded, we would not have been aware or we would not have given it much thought. I am grateful to the person that uploaded it for giving them a voice even though they are no more with us. What they meant as a way to further humiliate those boys will now be used against them.

    • ENOT Brown October 9, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      No matter what, people should not take law into their hands. We have constutition that takes care of all cases.

    • nk iron October 9, 2012 at 3:37 AM

      @ Gimmer and Ayo

      whats ur problem do u think its everyone joys to watch such vidoe that vidoe would help bring perpetratos to justice and if it wasnt for the video no one could have tell how gruesome it was, plz mind ur mouth and stop talking rubish am sure u watched it coz u tell alot of details on the video. may thier soul rest in peace

      • Ayo October 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Sorry o, i’m not like you. I didnt watch it, and unless you dont know what the meaning of lynching is, I dont know how you can conclude from my comment, that I am telling a lot of details on the video. I don’t condone watching another person being lynched, so that I can feel for those boys. I dont need visual cues for my humanity to be affected by such events. How a video of the events, is what you need to really feel for those boys, or come to grips with the horror of that day, makes me wonder where your humanity is at. People have said they watched it, to really really feel for those boys, and know what happened, it really helped them see how gruesome it was. WHAT!!!. Erm the written report didn’t do that, or you cant comprehend english. So, to really feel for cynthia, you would also have watched her murder if it was recorded abi. So far, no one has been able to give me a proper response to that question. You that are talking, how has watching the video brought you a step further to catching the perpetuators. Please tell me, are you the police, SSS, state lawyer, appointed court judge, CID, the governor of Rivers state. Yes the video serves as evidence against those murderers, but are you regular folk that watch it, the law? Hypocrisy, comes to mind. You accuse people of not letting the law take control when those boys were caught, yet, you that are not the law, took it upon yourself to watch the video. Are you following my reasoning? Its such grey areas that make people take the law into their own hands. Little “harmless” things, that are not directly within the boundary of the law (but morality dictates) escalate to much worse. When you can tolerate to view such images, where do you draw the line. Doesn’t subliminal messaging mean anything to you. Dont you know such images serve to de-sensitise you.

        • Rachael Kelly-Taylor October 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

          Ayo you spoke well. You couldn’t have said it any better. I keep wondering, when did Nigerians become immune to watching someone get lynched, burnt, beheaded, brutally killed e.t.c. Don’t you guys understand what lynching means: Do you have to see a graphic video to get it. There is absolutely nothing normal or sane about that. In a sane and developed country a video of someone getting lynched will never go viral. It all starts with clicking that play button, before you know it you will see no problem watching 1-2 hrs of videos of that nature. Some people claim curiosity, haven’t you heard curiosity killed the cat.

        • nk iron October 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

          @Ayo and Rachael Kelly-Taylor

          ur discernment is compromised in the sense that u think the video shouldn’t be watched

          coz it’s a lynch video, if that video wasn’t recorded am sure u would have taken

          commonly like every other murder video even when u know the meaning of lynch, but the

          video showed the capacity brutalization those boys were murdered and yet the involve in

          the scenario are alleged to be criminal but guiltless. the video is a prove that people

          still are living with metal disorder, this video has a voice that is reaching out to

          everyone even to the president. if such has not been taken what do u think would have

          happened and if some people didn’t see this video do u think it would have brought out

          the interest and hanger of people who want justice to be done? now am telling u that the

          video should be played for us to learn how wicked some Nigerian are also it will make us

          to be careful in anywhere we go, i have never watch clip like that be4, now am more

          careful in anywhere i might go, also to that, most of the community villages in Nigeria

          should be check and know what their governs rules are. if you didn’t watch it i wonder

          how u felt or when heard compared to those that watched it. please don’t think ur smart

          enough to capture the scenario when u heard it was a lynch video what u might imagine

          would have been the reality of that situation u wont have felt the agonist as it is

          real.so mind ur mouth n stop talking like u know it all and u thats not true u really dont know anything.

    • MICHAEL October 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      JN 11:35……RIP 4 GREAT NIGERIAN STUDENT,FOR THOSE THAT PERPETRATED THIS EVIL ACT..GOD WILL DEAL WITH THEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY WILL LOOK FOR DEATH ,IT WILL NEVER COME,THEY WILLBEG FOR DEATH IT WILL NEVER COS THE WICKED WILL NEVER GO UNPUNISHED….

    • Folajimi October 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      It is good that there is a video, otherwise we might just hear it, seeing the video (or parts of it) will instill in you WHY it is barbaric and WHY it is inhuman.
      I wonder what was going through the minds of those people watching others get killed.
      No human being has the RIGHT to take the life of another human being.
      We are YET to understand this in nigeria,
      This guy was right
      9jaman4life October 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      In CIVILISED countries, if you killed goats in that fashion, you would be ARRESTED and sent to JAIL

    • obiora George Udorji October 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      since the community has every right to kill or murder their fellow human being,that means no police in that community to hand over any people found guilty or people of deviant behaviour,when did civilian have every right to kill in Nigeria,i can see this country is moving from curruption to murder and manslaughter….my advice to police is that if they live those terrorist that kills student anyhow without punishing them according to the act,students must come to revenge because human being is not a fowl you can just kill.And besides you cannot just kill fowl any how without the consent of the owner.they deserve hanging until they rust.

    • Ndinamso October 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Y are u guys talkn unrealistic, u kip dweling on rumors dan fact, even in d crucifixion f our lord jesus,there were onlookers witnesing it,if shots wer nt takn hw wud u knw 2day abt d agonies n sufferin he wnt 2ru. Wht is wrng wit takin shots 4 remembrance, 4 ppl to knw d wickdnes of humans, tel me u wudnt av pitied or evn weep 4 dem cos u wudnt see d seriousnes,ppl wudnt evn giv a damn abt d event, nw u can start imaginin d pains d must av gone truso i thnk ppl who were helples abt d situatn took out their fones and video 2 shw d world wat is goin on in nija, itwil also serv as deterent to furtha acts of brutality n inhumane treatments so it doesnt repeat itself!!! Dose murderers shud b buried alive standin erect wit jst their head above d earth,then release multitude of soldier ants to bite their ugly heads til d die !!!! SAY NO TO JUNGLE JUSTICE

    • molar October 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      guys , lets stop commenting on whether some people watched the video or not. The point here is that this 4 guys were brutally murdered and the perpetrators are to be fished out! Lets concentrate on fighting/securing our future cuz it’s so sad that within 3months 5 vibrant youths (those are the ones we know of o!) life were brutally taken. I’m a youth and will never pray for such to happen to even my enemies, so lets stand up for our future- together Nigerian youths we can!!!

    • oyinkuro.. October 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      the truth is that,nobody in that community shld go free.let the law prevail it cost..

    • Otonye Amachree October 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      In every bad thing there must be a positive. Thank God this dastardly action has ostensibly spelt doom for lynching and mob/jungle justice. May God rest the souls of these victims. For their families, God give them the fortitude to bear the crude losses.

    • nk iron October 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      @Ayo and Rachael Kelly-Taylor

      ur discernment is compromised in the sense that u think the video shouldn’t be watched coz it’s a lynch video, if that video wasn’t recorded am sure u would have taken commonly like every other murder video even when u know the meaning of lynch, but the video showed the capacity brutalization those boys were murdered and yet the involve in the scenario are alleged to be criminal but guiltless. the video is a prove that people still are living with metal disorder, this video has a voice that is reaching out to everyone even to the president. if such has not been taken what do u think would have happened and if some people didn’t see this video do u think it would have brought out the interest and hanger of people who want justice to be done? now am telling u that the video should be played for us to learn how wicked some Nigerian are also it will make us to be careful in anywhere we go, i have never watch clip like that be4, now am more careful in anywhere i might go, also to that, most of the community villages in Nigeria should be check and know what their governs rules are. if you didn’t watch it i wonder how u felt or when heard compared to those that watched it. please don’t think ur smart enough to capture the scenario when u heard it was a lynch video what u might imagine would have been the reality of that situation u wont have felt the agonist as it is real.so mind ur mouth n stop talking like u know it all.

    • mandela November 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      it’s really sad! words can’t describe how terrible this act was…the most painful part is people watched those boys die! and am sure among these people there were christains and muslims!!! I wonder how the people who partook in the torturing of this boys live with themselves every day! it’s just un-imaginable!!! what happened to the human conscience!!! does it still EXIST?…my prayer is that justice is served and also that God should comfort the families of these boys.

    • joel November 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      watching the video is as if 1 is glad with the incident, if you are one of the victims relatives will u b happy?
      whatever they might have done they are innocent until proved guilty. The villagers needs 2 b arrested 4rm Genesis to Revelation, Beginning 2 Climax, for indepth investigation……….