by Isi Esene
The fathers of two of the murdered UNIPORT students spoke to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about the killing and what actions they want to be taken to obtain justice after the gruesome murder.
In a telephone interview with the BBC, the fathers of two of the victims, Lloyd Michael and Chiadika Biringa spoke about their sons and how they feel towards the people who murdered their sons.
Lloyd’s father expressed shock at the killing saying he never expected such a thing to happen. He said, “Never in my life. I never ever thought this sort of thing could happen in my country in the 21st century. Never. This is barbaric.”
He urged the government to do the right thing by bringing to justice all those involved in the killing of the four UNIPORT students.
Despite all that has happened, he said “I still believe that what has happened to my son and his friends will never ever happen again if the right steps are taken.”
Chiadika Biringa’s father said he would continue to harbor anger until justice is done in the matter and the names of the victims are cleared of allegations.
He said,“I’ve never seen such level of callousness been meted on an innocent soul, a child. It brings about anger and that anger is now with me until justice is done on this matter.”
Biringa reportedly added he would like the murderers to be caught and for justice to prevail.
Click here to listen to the interview.
Meanwhile, late Chiadika Biringa’s mother has written a touching petition addressed to the Senate President, David Mark, urging the senate to wade into the unjust murder and see that justice is done.
Chiadika was a 200 Level student of Theatre Arts in the institution.
Please read parts of the petition below:
Petition: Gruesome murder of my son at Aluu, University of Port Harcourt host community.
“My name is Mrs. Chinwe Biringa. I am the mother of Mr. Chiadika Biringa, a second year student of Theatre Arts at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). My husband is a very senior staff officer at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
“My son turned 20 years old this week and we gave him pocket money to celebrate it with his friends. On Friday morning, we were called by my second son, also a UNIPORT student that all was not well and he was hearing bad rumours that villagers at ALUU, the host community of UNIPORT had murdered four students. I immediately rushed to the scene only to see my son’s dead body being taken away naked to a mortuary in UNIPORT Teaching Hospital. I could not believe my eyes and collapsed.
“What did my son do? What did the other three young men who died with him do? First, we heard that the four students were alleged to have stolen a Blackberry phone and a laptop computer. This could not be further from the truth. My son has had a Blackberry phone and in fact a laptop computer since he was in primary school. No way could my son steal such a common thing as a cell phone which every village woman now owns.
“We have been subjected to several gory videos and pictures on the internet. This shows that someone filmed the whole barbarism from beginning to end. My son and his friends were savagely beaten and burnt to death while villagers at ALUU watched. All this has been caught on film!
“The video shows that all this was filmed in broad day light which suggests that they were killed after 7.30 am. Further investigation has revealed that they left their friend’s house at ALUU at about 7 am to go and prepare for lectures.
“To waylay them and beat them with planks until they died like chicken is the most savage thing one can witness in Nigeria of 2012. First they were stripped naked, marched around like frogs and then beaten to death. What savagery and bestiality.
“My husband and I want only two things, namely: (a) To clear the name of Chiadika, (b) justice
“Your Excellency, every responsible parent knows what I, my husband, and the entire family are passing through over this beastly murder.
“Again, and for emphasis, the film shows everything in clear view and all the perpetrators must answer for their crimes.
“We want justice. Those who murdered my son must face the wrath of the law.