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UNIPORT Shut Down Indefinitely following Violent Protests in ALUU by Students



Today, students of the University of Port Harcourt, took to the streets protesting the murder of four of their colleagues by a mob in Omuokiri-Aluu community last Friday. They set ablaze some houses and cars in the community and blocked major roads during the protest which lasted a couple of hours. The rampaging students blocked the East West road for several hours before allegedly marching to Omuokiri-Aluu community to start wrecking havoc. While they were on rampage, members of the community took to their heels. Vanguard reports that they torched about 12 houses in the community. The students were not from University of Port Harcourt alone but from other institutions under the aegis of National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS. Vanguard reports that during the protest, the students demanded that their Vice Chancellor, Prof Joseph Ajienka address them before they disperse. However, while the Vice Chancellor came to plead with the students to shun any temptation to be violent, some of the students immediately started hurling sachet water at him. It took the timely intervention of security operatives to whisk him away from the spot. However, they dispersed later on. The institution has been shut down till further notice.

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  1. Foreveryoung

    October 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    ….And here we are again, with our emotive reactions, and our cries of Dear God save us. With the confidence that if we put curses out there in the universe it will be picked up, and the Aluu community will be wiped out. But that would not happen, tomorrow we will all resume our daily lives pleading the blood of Jesus or chanting allahu akbar, while the owner of the dead bury their dead, and also nurse this open sore that got inflicted on them by this incident.
    I can’t help but ask what kind of justice we are seeking. Yes let us send the whole of Aluu community to jail, and make of them scapegoats, we will all jump for joy and be happy. But then, we will hear, as we’ve heard before, a 9yr old was burnt to death in Oshodi for stealing hardened peanut paste, while the crowd watched on. Only this time, we can’t send the whole crowd to jail or even locate a scapegoat, then we resort to our curses hoping that gravity will deliver our message somehow.
    In other news, we will comment and rejoice with those celebrating and displaying so much affluence that we plead with our creator to make us like them. Sometimes, some of these people we celebrate are the indirect “murderers” of these kids. The ones who think they can enjoy immunity because of their wealth or position in society, the sad thing is, the evil that lurks, usually strikes its victims unaware, only then we know, no matter how invincible we think we are we pay a huge price for turning a blind eye. They might as well arrest me too, because I’m guilty of this that I speak of. Maybe even the parents of these boys are. I’m the, “the anointing of God is on me I cannot walk into harm’s way like these boys because I serve a living God”, the “I have no power to stop this”, the “this is not my problem”. Like most of you know, this is the fruit of what the generation before us (that has failed us woefully) sowed, the fruit of the ones still failing us. Sadly we the generation that was failed, would most likely fail the next….pardon my rant, I can go no further.

    • e-bukun

      October 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      I could not have said it better. Two wrongs do not make a right. This will not bring back the boys that were killed and this will only fuel more hate and violence. What we need is some order. There is no accountability and so people feel like they can do whatever they want because they aren’t accountable to anyone. The system has failed us, but we cannot afford to fail ourselves.

    • ameenah

      October 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

      well said dear, well said.

    • JAY

      October 10, 2012 at 12:39 am

      As in…this whole epistle?? U sure u can go no further or the computer told warned u had typed the maximum number of characters?

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

      WOW…… is all I can say.. We are on the same page… its all a circle of commotion.

      and why does the comment appear in italics… i find it difficult to read a long post written in italics.

    • olabisi

      October 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      i feel every word u said.

  2. Gold digger

    October 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Medicine after death.

  3. ucylo

    October 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I am not advocating that Aluu be let alone but I know that no issue was ever solved by violence, the students burning the houses of the people of this local community are also taking laws into their hands, I think it is only right that men of forces be sent into Aluu in their numbers to maintain Law and Order in the area and also for JUST the people involved to be apprehended and given the justice they deserve which i think is Life Imprisonment!!! But it is also very necessary for Nigerians to understand the fact that Aluu is part of the Nation and should not be ostracized because of their wicked act as it could have happened anywhere and anytime, Remember the children who are members of this community are also leaders of tomorrow and should not suffer for the sins of their fathers as not to grow up with an inferiority complex wherever they go or have a murderer mentality……I Love Nigeria and Nigerians especially our children

    • gooodytooshoes

      October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      @ucylo…u only think violence isnt the way to go because the killing didnt affect you. If u had lost a brother in the episode, you will probably be singing a different song or better yet lead the revolt against the community. There’s no doubt that burning down the village will not bring back those boys but it will definitely make a statement. An indelible mark on the natives of Aluu. Blood for blood. Its high time somebody took a stand for something. The death penalty will force people to restrain themselves in taking ruthless decisions such as we have seen. It is because they know that such an act can go unpunished in this country that is why they went ahead to carry out such a dastardly act. I am in full support of the revolt…

    • Becky

      October 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Allu community shall know no peace for their injustice. An eye for an eye. Even the bible say “suffer not a witch to live. Let the village of Allu be wiped out for their wickedness.

  4. Rukky

    October 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

    If I was there I would also be involved in this united fight for justice–its the only way to get the attention of the people that are needed to try and remedy the problem but who are likely to give in to bureaucratic slow-motion because, sadly, they don’t REALLY feel the impact of such an infringement of the law. I don’t advocate for violence, organised demonstration is key but communal societal commotion is the only way to get their attention. This should continue until the public gets back its faith and confidence in those in administrative posts. Impressed.

  5. sal

    October 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I watched d video today nd I dnt tink I can evA be normal again… Where r d so called cultist? Let dem come 2geda nd massacre d people of ALUU….YES I said it, b it mother, father daughter nd sons of aluu, none of dem deserves 2 live….where r d AXE men, PIRATES,EYEH…pls come out and kill.

  6. Rukky

    October 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Very nicely put Foreveryoung–but this issue is depressing shaa…

  7. sal

    October 10, 2012 at 12:14 am

    @foreveryoung, abegggg all dis ones ure speaking is grammar…let’s table dis ALUU matter, killin of a child or no killing of a child. U get proof say dem kill pikin for oshodi?? Parents of dis victims watched dis video nd d most annoying tin bout it is d boiz were innocent…..HABA naun, check it…seee, ALUU nids 2 b levelled down 2 0. No long story

  8. Radiant

    October 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Solution not!

  9. Ngozi

    October 10, 2012 at 1:19 am

    As much as this might give some of us relieve, it will never bring back the 4 souls that were lost. How much are the laptops and phones they allegedly stole? I will pay that times the number of the villagers, if it will bring them back to life. I hope the Nigerian government can learn from this and provide better efficient and effective security system. If the Aluu people had faith in the Nigerian police and justice system, they would not have hesitated to hand them over. May their souls rest in peace.

  10. NNENNE

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Am bereft of words.
    I still do not understand why I still have faith in that “country”. May the souls of the dead students rest in peace.

  11. dont mention

    October 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Nigeria and Cameroon are two countries in need of God’s divine intervention and we need to go down on our knees and ask God forgiveness for all our evil deeds. a few months back i saw pics on bf of a man burned alive n naked in Cameroon for the mere fact that he stole, and now last Saturday, 4 young men were badly beaten and burned naked and alive in Nigeria for stealing. four young and handsome men with great futures ahead of them, killed by their own fellow humans on the pretext of stealing. y is the justice system in place if people could try and convict other people and dish out hideous punishments as consequence to the crime? those throwing the stones, the ones using the sticks as weapons and the person setting off the fire, do they mean they are without sin? they are not even the biggest offenders BC the biggest ones are those with the cameras who, instead of coming to the men’s rescue or seeking for help on their behalf,stay there and r bold enough to video the whole charade as it unfolds for social media. what are we turning into?these are two countries who are quick to imitate and copy the western world and yet, copy only the wrong and negative things. why didnt they copy the fact that, you let the justice system do its job and meet out appropriate punishments to the crime?one human decides that stealing a phone is enough to take another human’s life and yet, the real thieves,-the government officials sit in their homes, basking in its comfort and luxury and not even having time to watch poor people self-hate. these thieves who are responsible for the young ones stealing and for others killing,go on to do what they do best, stealing citizens hard-earned money and yet they are accountable to no one. they get a pass, while innocent ones shed their blood. i wonder where these folks get off being emotional and sucking life out of somebody else,.how they sleep at night and how they live with themselves is what i cannot comprehend. may the good Lord, according to His word, judge these, who took upon themselves to judge others and reward them according to their deeds, and May He hear our cries and supplication and deliver us from this dungeon of evil we live in called earth, especially Nigeria and Cameroon,

    • Na wa o!

      October 10, 2012 at 5:24 am


  12. Foreveryoung

    October 10, 2012 at 3:05 am

    [email protected], no mind me I just got carried away…. Sal take a look at the video below(viewers discretion advised), this happened way before this Aluu incident, I recall watching another one I’m glad I can’t find, and no I couldn’t bring myself to watch the Aluu’s own because I still suffer from the images of similar ones I’ve seen prior . My point is what happened is a reflection of the decadence in our society. In a way, the Aluu community is also victim. Ask yourself why a community will be so joyful at the thought of catching a thief? They get a kick out of the thought that eventually the ones that have been torturing them years on end are now at their mercy. When they are robbed and tortured and no one comes to their aid, they hold in emotions one would only wish they didnt have the chance to show, sadly they did with this case. The only person that should be aprehended if we are screaming justice is the person according to accounts that falsely accused the boys of theft. People, please call for his head. Let the government/ us create awareness, adverts, whatever to educate the masses on jungle justice and its dangers….wor my heart is heavy

  13. ij

    October 10, 2012 at 6:20 am

    how wont they take to the streets? when they know exactly how this matter will be swept under the carpet never to be reopened again ,just like the backlog of “we are still investigating cases” and all the we will bring the perpetrators to book speeches we have heard countless times.
    Then our dearest president’s 7am speech only addressed the flood situation , he should have also used that opportunity to reassure people about the MUBI ,ALUU and all the other recent killings. people have lost faith in the system and know that they will have to take matters into their hands for anything to be done unfortunately this is always not the way to go.
    Meanwhile what did the ALUU community think will happen after those killings , that we will all donate crates of lacasera and pat them on their godforsaken cursed backs? freaking barbarians

    • doll

      October 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

      This exact sentiment can be used in the defence of the ALUU people as well. dont you think so?

    • ij

      October 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Valid point,knowing naija there is really no win win situation

  14. tete

    October 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

    @foreveryoung. Isn’t it time we stop blaming the older generation for any thing that we are upset about? Take responsibility for things if you have to that’s the way things are going to change for better. .

  15. chikmore

    October 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Norsemen make una join with others go rase τ̣̣ђё community W̶̲̥̅ε̲̣ δσητ̲̅ accept challenge but W̶̲̥̅ε̲̣ welcome it

  16. onyinye

    October 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

    what i don’t get is this? i understand that the boys had gone to surprise a debtor……then this guy turns around to make it look like a robbery, if this is true, how can this guy sleep at night knowing that his false accusation led these boys to their deaths??????? and where is this so called person that was robbed?????????????

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

      You are one funny babe…. aahahah..
      did u just ask how he can sleep @ night?? i cant laff . To start of with, we dont the real story but if it was the real deal do we know if this was his first, second, thirds even seventh brutal murder?

      Let me not get deep but for anyone sane person to commit any atrocities?? i question their state of mind to begin with.

      People kill people everyday not only with their physical hands but with their hearts and minds and they SLEEP People maltreat, take advantage, abuse, use, destroy etc etc and they SLEEP WELL. so pls the heart of man is desperately wicked who can know it. That evidence is good enough for me.

      SLEEP should be the last thing to ask. The question is do we know who has the heart of evil living in our mist and smiling with us everyday?

  17. of course

    October 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    heard one of the victim’s mum died. but dont know how true that is.

    • Bibi

      October 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

      It is true. I heard it from a colleague too. I heard she collapsed and didn’t come round again. It’s so sad.

    • sandy

      October 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

      That is a lie from the pit of hell….lol the guys mom died oct 26 2005 and the father remarried. People are just coming up with different stories. *biglie*

  18. doll

    October 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    So how does this differ from the ALUU people???babarians the whole lot of them, why not wait for the law to take its course, isnt that what the whole fight is about.

    All barbarians

  19. kem

    October 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    when in despair lets us sow d seed of Hope……………when hate fills us lets creat room for LOVE, if only that community had love in their heart, no matter the circumstances they won’t take life out of those boys………..whatever happens to you in life, learn to let it go, many have been robbed, raped, lost loved ones, orphans in d street etc but it won’t make them take d laws into their hands, some would become thieves, prostitute but dat really not an option………….Don’t let the world change u!!!

  20. ME

    October 10, 2012 at 9:07 am


  21. zee

    October 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    i support Sal . let Aluu community be
    levelled down…. i havent had a good night’s sleep since i saw the video. Abeggie, an eye for an eye, lets all go blind.

  22. ME

    October 10, 2012 at 9:10 am


  23. Rhal-trina

    October 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    @IJ…”Meanwhile what did the ALUU community think will happen after those killings , that we will all donate crates of lacasera and pat them on their godforsaken cursed backs? freaking barbarians”
    UNIPORT stuents are already giving them the Lacasera,chilled one,i guess. In as much as i hate to judge,i lost my apetite althrough Sunday after watching that God forsaken video. From my rough calculation,all the actions must have taken hours to accomplish. Where the hell was the police,off duty i guess or collecting #20 from Okada men in the nearby junction. They are to be arrested too because i can swear with my whole self that they were well-aware but refused to intervene and that cursed voice shouting “die” in that video,chai!!! u are already dead yourself. May God help us

  24. Folajimi

    October 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I think the most IMPORTANT thing is we LEARN from this, this crime wasnt perpertrated by the government but by people in the community. There should be protest YES but for JUSTICE
    Justice is when you arresst someone
    present the crime
    present the evidence
    link the TWO

  25. jemmi

    October 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    its true d woman went into coma, and died yesterday 9th 0ct 2012. Bcos two of the boiz that died are from Okrika, a tribe in Rivers state that i am from, the okrikans are mobilising a fight against the ikwerres which i think is daft and would cause more blood shed, in addition i also hear one of the two okrika boys is ATEKE’s (a notoriouse militant) nephew.(subject to verification) so this thing is taken a new turn by the minute. information reaching me also states that UNiport students are mobilising cultists from neighbouring universities to join in the fight. if any body in position of power is reading this, please send men of the armed forces to the entire choba environment i beg u, b4 it spills into town, and i leave very close to choba oooo. hellllppppppp

  26. Olayemi

    October 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    The barbaric Uniport killing was not something new in the country, a lot of innocent people have been killed through that method. Thanks to youtube, facebook, twitter, smart phones and the internet the world could see it. But the uniport killing was the worst I’ve seen.

  27. Lynn

    October 10, 2012 at 11:22 am


  28. opuingo

    October 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Am on uniports student side all the way!!

  29. ify

    October 10, 2012 at 11:30 am


  30. Okechukwu Ofili

    October 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Violence for violence only recycles more violence.

  31. Naveah

    October 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    They should live the innocents of that community alone, YES I SAID INNOCENTS because they are people in that community who did not participate in the horrid act that happened to those four young men. They should take their protests to where it counts, take their shouting and sign boards to the home of the President of Uniport who should have provided a safe nvironment for the students who pay money to go to school there, what are they doing with the tuitions? Take the protest to the governor’s mansion, take it ultimately to ASO ROCK especially since the person supposedly leading this nation has NOT ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE AT ALL! May GOD descend on him and his illiterate wife! They have children, abi? This is the type of country they want to raise their children in? Oh no, guess what, their children will be schooling abroad while other people’s children have to contend with sub par education, unmotivated “professors” handing out grades for sexual favors, unhygenic conditions in their dormitory, lack of safety etc.

  32. ME

    October 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm


  33. cathy

    October 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Vengence is of the LORD, these people already knows no peace. Uniports student should please allow justice reign. i know they want to take laws into their hand, let them exercise patience and if the govt doesn’t do any thing…………………..then maybe

  34. Emejuru chima

    October 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Violence only begets more violence, peaceful demonstration is what we need.

  35. Foreveryoung

    October 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    @Tete, sorry you interpreted what I wrote to mean blaming the older generation. I didn’t think of it as blame, I stated the stark truth. While I agree we should be the change we want to see, I’m also a realist, me being the “change” is to help the future generation, not ours, of which I’m comfortable with. I’m not going to stop jungle justice today, but if I scream hard, loud and long enough, I will possibly help stop it before today’s kids become adults. It’s the way the universe works; nothing will change unless something/someone makes it change. Time is also a factor here, the older generation did not make that change hence the issues we are having, it’s a cause and effect thing. Some in our generation are trying, hopefully we will make effective changes that our kids will not end up like the Aluu 4 because evil knows no class. The commonality these boys shared with the man in the video above (regardless of who he was) is the cause of death. I know there are 1000 and 1 ways to die, but to God, this is not a good way to go, but then again I can’t question one who has supremacy over me.

  36. c

    October 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

    an eye for an eye. revenge wont help bt will mke u feel better. why not if u feel the pain as a mother, brother or sister why not gve them bck sum of their own medicine.

  37. my two cents

    October 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’m sorry, but I support the students. When a people don’t understand anything but violence, you meet them with violence. If the community elders stood and watched them murder those kids, I’m sorry but they deserve it. No matter how crazy you feel you can be, remember that the next man can be equally crazy. If the Aluu people could put the law in your own hands, why can’t they? It will take a long time before anyone in that vicinity pulls that kind of stunt again, if ever. I don’t think you guys fully understand that those evil Aluu people used those boys’ lives to catch trips. To them it was just something fun to do to pass the time away.
    As for ‘foreveryoung’ complaining about people displaying wealth, let me say this. While you are sitting down condenming the man who drives a Hummer (because he can afford it and that is what he likes) telling your self that he drives it because he wants to show off, remember that the guy that doesn’t have what you have is condemning you for having a blackberry bold 5 and claiming that you bought it to show off. These boys situation should make us realise that while we may hate on people who have more than we do, accusing them of being ostentacious, there are people who see the little you (think) you have and are accusing you of the same thing. So are you saying that people should not go about their business and make money to live well because there are people who don’t have? That we should all live cheaply so as not to offend poor people. Because I never have been able to understand people who think like you. Is the real answer for people to spend less time focusing on what other people have and more on how to work and get their own. Your way of thinking encourages envy and jealousy.

  38. chuchusweets

    October 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    No one is asking for Violence, what we want is a Country that has Laws and Persons put in place to see that the laws are implemented (community Policing sucks). The Punishiment for Theft is not DEATH. And unless these bush, savages are taught a lesson they wont know what is right. If what they did was best why have they all fled the Villiage. These are the poor who seek mercy and HELP and yet when they are charged with situations like this look what they do. SAVAGES… the so called poor should also check themselves they are WICKEEEEDDDDDD!

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