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IG of Police Releases Statement on Aluu4: Lynched Students were Set Up by Debtor | Policemen were Pelted with Stones & Ran Away

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has released a statement confirming that the four University of Port Harcourt students killed by a mob at Aluu, Rivers State, were not robbers. The students, Ugonna Obuzor, (18), Lloyd Toku, (19), Tekena Elkanah, (20) and Chiadika Biringa, (20) who were lynched on October 5, 2012 by a mob were set up by a debtor who called them thieves.

The debtor who set them up and masterminded their killings, Coxson Lucky, alias Bright is on the run and has now been declared wanted.

The IG, in a statement released through the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the boys had gone to the community that morning to demand money allegedly owed them by Lucky, who raised the false alarm that they were armed robbers. Although, Coxson has gone underground, Detectives are on his trail.

Mr Abubakar also said that Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the Traditional Ruler of Omukiri Community, Aluu where the heinous incident took place has been arrested along with 18 others, some of whom are members of the vigilante group of the community.

The statement read: “Intelligence report implicated 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.”

Also, contrary to the claim of one of the victim’s family members that some Policemen who were present at the scene allowed the mob to continue carrying out the lynching, the IG said the police patrol team sent to the scene of the lynching could not rescue the students from the mob as members of the team were pelted with stones.

“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.”

He said investigation was ongoing and efforts were being intensified to track down others who were involved in the incident.

This is the exact reason why jungle justice should be eschewed; because innocent victims who won’t be allowed to speak for themselves could get hurt or killed. Four boys went to collect money from a debtor, the debtor raised an alarm claiming the boys were thieves, and they were consequently seized and killed by a mob. It sounds totally ridiculous but sadly true.

May their souls rest in peace.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

51 Comments

  1. Changing Faces

    October 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Mans inhumanity to man…. May God rest their souls

    • omo

      October 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Such barbarism by so called christians this country hideous and should be ashamed of everyone in it, STOP the corruption and murder, build the nation

  2. MizzCJ

    October 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Vengeance is the Lord’s. May the Aluu 4 RIP!

  3. Kaylah

    October 16, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Excuse me???? Pelted with stones??????? This statement has just added salt to the injury, the Police FAILED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant believe this!!!!!!!! How could theynot disperse the mob????? The system is in total rot and decay…this is heartbreaking!!!!!!!

    • Temitope

      October 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      I agree with you…

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Agreed, I smell bulls**t and the fragrant essence of the IGP trying to cover his behind…

    • luchi

      October 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Who is this man dishing this rubbish to? fowls? Stones? so the police couldnt shoot into the air? What rubbish. The police always fails anyways and so does the government. rubbish story.

  4. Bello Shehu

    October 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

    That only proved further of the lack of effectiveness in the nigerian police, is the IG saying that bieng pelted by stones was the reason the useless people couldnt rescue those boys? how sad . And i thought they had guns and ammo why didnt they use them?

  5. Segun

    October 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Let’s not get carried away!

    Whether or not they were guilty of perpetrating any crimes is secondary to the fact that they were gruesomely murdered by Nigerians who decided to “take matters into their own hands”.

    It is damning on each and every one of us that we can justify this type of death for murderers, rapists, scum and thieves alike. Never, under any circumstances, should humans beings receive such inhumane treatment; guilty or not.

    May their souls rest in peace.

  6. Teefah

    October 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

    The police patrol team at the scene (JTF as cited by the families who saw them there) had guns though…so how come they couldn’t stop the mob?

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  7. tbn

    October 16, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I hope this serves as a lesson to people who love jungle justice. The innocent could be killed. Which is what has happened to those boys…not one, not two but four lives were taken so calously. So Where is the justice in the killing of innocent people aluu? My heart breaks for these boy everytime I hear the story. This is like water poured on the ground, that cannot be retrieved again. They are gone and their lives cannot be brought back. That community is cursed for shedding innocent blood. Aluu 4 rest in peace.

  8. Seriously

    October 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Nigerian police don’t carry guns? They’ve never heard of shooting into the air. Idiots!

  9. Ivy

    October 16, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Its soo painful that the young boys cannot be brought back to life. And imagine, a lady was a part of the mob!

  10. Sugabelly

    October 16, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Is the police supposed to run away??????

  11. of course

    October 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    and he shamelessly released this statement, they were pelted with stones??like seriously?? is that a joke?? what happened happened to their gun? or tear gas? idiots!

  12. anna

    October 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    This is so sickening. Four boys die just like that for no justified reason. Can Coxson please be found and dealt with for false accusation and murder?This is totally unbelievable.

  13. billy E

    October 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Mr IG dnt u v no shame????? Dat a force man wld b pelted by stone!!! Wot r de dia 4??? Am jst sick n tired of nigeria… So ur telln d world dis??? Policemen dat wei trained r afarid of stones!!!!! I pity u n ur so called investigation we just need d grace of God in dis country

  14. Ginika

    October 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

    This story still gets me every single time I read it. My heart just bleeds and my eyes are tired of crying.

  15. Zem

    October 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The policemen that went there were pelted with stones, IG of police, you are not ashame to defend those policemen who were accomplice to the killers according to eye witness. How many of the policemen were wounded in the process? When somebody who will be fighting injustice is defending it,I tell u, there is no hope for Nigeria as it were. Nigeria is more than a jungle.

  16. Show some love

    October 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Very very sad. 4 innocent lives perished for nothing. We all should learn to read the bible. If the boys had read Deutoronomy 24v10&11 perhaps this would not have befallen them. Deutoronomy 24 verse 10 &11 saysWhen you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, do not go into their house to get what is offered to you as a pledge. Stay outside and let the neighbor to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Please shut up. I trust in the bible with all that I am but are you trying to blame them for their own deaths and choosing to quote that scripture to do that?? Why on earth would any seeming christian make out like the deceased young men are responsible for how they died? Why? Do you do every single thing the bible tells you to? You’re a sad human being, just really incomprehensibly sad…

  17. Blessing

    October 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    oh so disgusting! Why dint dey shoot into d air, that wld hav scatterd d mob. That whole patrol team shld b severly punished. D Nigerian police failed again, they r nt fit. My God! These ones died for nothing? But human beings r terrible o. Wen d so called lucky who startd it saw it was gettin serious, u mean he watched & dey killed innocent pple like dat? God, some r nt humans. He wil b judged!

  18. Iphie

    October 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

    So the police coludnt not shoot into the air to disperse them????????????????????????? like seriously?

  19. O

    October 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

    shame on the IG for serving us this cock and bull story, and btw we are having none of it. Police men, those hardened JTF guys scared of mere stones?????? wat happened to their bullets, y not shoot in the air to disperse the crowd?? tear gas nko?? if it is to shoot motorist and conductors now cos of 20naira, dey will have bullets…shame on u Mr IG, shame on u!!!!!

  20. oghogho

    October 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

    i am sorry mr i.g but that is a big lie !!!police men with guns would never run away from stones, you should be ashamed to even make this statement at all, i believe what tekena’s sister said that the policemen gave the community a go ahead to burn them alive.

  21. kem

    October 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

    are u saying the police shld av shot in the air???? forgotten that they will end up killing another innocent soul, they are never useful, seem like the good ones are kept in the office while the ignorant ones are allowed to patrol in the street…….to think that we need the effective ones more in the street, check point etc…….mstewwwwwwww, May God accept the Aluu 4, victim of circumstances, only God knows why he allowed it< May he comfort their families in jesus name Amen!!

  22. Yve

    October 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The police ran away from stones? Are they not supposed to be equipped for things like these? What are they there for? Totally unacceptable explanation.

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  23. NSG

    October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This “Set Up” angle is the more reason why the perpetrators of this ignoble act should face the music immediately and we know what the penalty should be. As for the police being pelted with stones, what happened to shooting in the air and releasing of tear gas as they would normally do to disperse crowd? This is a failure on their part and they should own up.

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  24. Couture By Makioba

    October 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    🙁

  25. MissShayee

    October 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Pelted with stones. The big ones or small ones? Is it the same police that are always armed,and are fully capable of harassing people on the streets with their antics? If this really happened,not that the patrol team got there late(which is another kettle of fish),then the security situation in Nigeria is worse than we thought. Stones against tear gas? Stones against bullets? Does this mean i can’t rely on my country’s security forces to enforce peace,law and order in a small community? So what will happen if Nigeria is at war?

    • Temitope

      October 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      I wonder oh… May God continue to protect us all

  26. Costa

    October 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    @show some love – this is not the time to sit on your high horse and declare what the boys should have done. Four innocent lives have been lost in the most barbaric manner. You read your bible that says judge not lest ye be judged!

  27. Chattyzee

    October 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

    How that debtor can live the rest of his life in peace is beyond me. So much blood shed and lives lost over what? The Nigerian Police keep coming up with different variations of the story and making all kinds of assumptions. But no matter what they do, they’ll never bring those four boys back. No one deserves to die like that, regardless of your crime. The incompetence of the Nigerian Police is embarrassing.

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  28. notaplayerhater

    October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    It is clear to those who know that the IG is just trying to save his buxom behind! There are clear reports from more than one quarter that the police were on site and refused to lift a finger to do anything until the JTF came on the push from a parent AFTER the boys had been set ablaze. The IG is just clinging to the lesser of two evils. Its easier to say the police were pelted with stones, than to admit they stood by and did nothing…even egging the mob on!
    Shame on you, Mr IG….Shame Shame Shame!!

  29. WINIFRED

    October 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m too angry and teary to comment!!!!!! R.I.P BOYS, NIGERIANS ARE MAD OVER YOUR DEATH!

  30. Desire

    October 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    This IG is very foolish! what ridiculous excuse for incompetence. What happened 2 using teargas to disperse the mob. I remember how eager they were to use it during occupy Nigeria on harmless citizens.
    Just admit ur men are failures and stop sounding like a retard. *angry.

  31. ij

    October 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    called for reinforcements ni called for reinforcements ko
    but they had enough bullets to shoot that innocent sales girl last wk , the bastards!!
    The IG should be sacked , he should be ashamed.

  32. Tyn

    October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Useless IG, Useless Police force. You call people criminals after you kill them. You call them different names and shoot them at your checkpoints and you come here to tell us this rubbish story. C’mon do we look like we are in Kindergaten? You are so myopic to noitice Nigerians are educated and can no longer accept stupid stories from your stupid mouth.
    Is that the best you can do? Own up man to your short comings. You have failed as an IG, your police force has failed, Nigeria has failed its citizens especially the youth. All you care about is yourself. Eat today and what ahppens tomorrow? All this corruption and pushing things under the carpet must stop cos it does more harm than good.

    May the families of the boys find solace, which cannot be found in man especially the Nigerian police, but from God. He knows best,and as much as I don’t want to accept we have to leave God to solve all our problems, it’s unfortunate we have dumped them on him. May God have mercy on the perpetrators, May they never go unpunished (both police, onlookers, villians). Even if the police wont do their jobs right, God will bring them to justice. That’s the only thing am sure of.
    Rest in peace boys, you were so good in this wicked world, your lives snuffed out of you for stupid reasons. We love you and miss you.

  33. alfred abbey

    October 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    De policemen dat ranaway ar also need 2 be prosecuted 4 failing 2 deliver dia duties. Dey contributed 2 dis evil act
    .

  34. tee

    October 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    @ omo please read the story again before opening your mouth to say rubbish!!!!!! Intelligence report implicated Alhaji Hassan Welewa, as being the person who incited the mob to unleash terror on the victims………………the police men ought to be killed as well

  35. Show some love

    October 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    @Costa, please don’t me wrong. I am not judging the Four boys . who am I to judge another?I’m only emphasizing that there is wisdom in the Bible and we can avoid so much if we only read and obey it. I never even knew the verse existed until the day I heard about the incident and accidentally stumbled across the verse. Prior to discovering the verse I’d probably go to a debtors house to collect money owed to me but now that Ive read the verse I won’t cos If I do I’d be at the debtors mercy. Those were 4 innocent souls and it breaks my heart to hear what happened to them. Hope I’ve been able to clarify. Godbless you

  36. shola

    October 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The IG is a very stupid man for that useless speech he gave. He’s jst a bastard like the rest of them. How could a mob of pple be more powerful than our police. What a loss. May God console their family and the loved ones they left behind

  37. ady

    October 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    this is just too sad,”police pelted with stones and they ran away” this is bringing fresh tears to my eyes,and to say that thesame police we have in this country shot and killed lucy ukpong,a sales girl in a photography shop at Apo,Abuja,and injured several others who were defenseless,on friday during a demolition exercise that was so peaceful totally makes no sense,why didnt they shoot those murderes,they can only show their skills on defenseless people for no reason,when the need comes for them to shoot they take to their heels,what a shame!!!

  38. vanesa

    October 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    This IG shouldnt hve just released this statement cos on his behalf i am so ashamed.How can ordinary civilians chase police men away the world is sure coming to an end.Did they go empty handed or the person who called em didnt tell em it was a case that of suspected armed robbery or were they thinking they were going to dance azonto.This is just a case of gross incompetence (well they have always been incompetent)where they are meant to shoot they didnt but for 20 naira they will shoot.Those fine bobos have gone brutally murdered just like that.After all the hype ,the media attention ,the curses what will be done?nothing until another case surfaces again thats naija and its people for you.Glad that their names have been cleared that they were not robbers,may their souls rest in peace

    • ihuoma

      October 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I agree with you.He shouldn’t have released this kind of silly statement.It was even better the way it was before i.e. that the policemen where there and did nothing,then the blame was more on the policemen on the site.Now his statement officially declares to Nigerians that the whole police force is a big JOKE! I do not know why those in authority in this country like to insult us and play on our intelligence.Even a little child knows to take this kind of statement as a joke.Even a dumb person will immediately ask why they didn’t fire shots in the air to disperse the mob.That one no be rocket science na!
      And as for the Lucky of a boy,if he is really wanted,where are his pictures and full identity,info that will help the public Identify him.Could that be his real full name? This his K-legged statement doesn’t help at aaalll!

  39. cathy

    October 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    He is crazy, why would tekena’s sister lie? she said what she heard and was there live.

  40. EeeE

    October 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Please is this how they declare sm1 wanted? Let the police put up pictures . I hope that lucky is not a son to one of these politicians cos how can u say since 5th of October not a picture of the lucky and today u r telling us lucky is wanted. Is the IG asking us to start asking for people’s names? Please we need pictures oh.

  41. Cathy Geronimo

    October 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This is just heartbreaking…….. The system keeps failing us, time after time. May their soul rest in peace.

  42. ABDULWAASIU

    October 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I quite felt bad with jungle justice meted to those boys and equally didn’t expect much from our Police, likewise, what sort of business are the students into? There are many hard guys on campuses from affluent homes equally involving in heinous crimes. If the Police did their work, this boys might have been connected to dirty bizness. I served around that place and i know what sort of business they transact in that part of country where they worship money.

  43. faith

    October 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    just becos the bus i enter refused to stop at a police check point, they shot gun in d air(just for 20naira) but they couldnt do anything wen four boy were being killed…shame on naija police…rip alu 4

  44. Akyedie Larbi (From Ghana)

    December 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    hv heard abt killings but not this type, Nigeria police should accept they have committed a mistake and apologise for failing, that would even console than given excuses, u won’t understand it until u are in the same shoes, my heart ache each time i read the story, to care for a child to that stage and be killed wrongly. Nigeria police pls apologise and make sure u let those involved face the music. May God give their parents the peace of mind.

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