by Stanley Azuakola
Today in Port Harcourt, thirteen suspects arrested in connection with the killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt will be arraigned in court. This was revealed by Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Muhammed Ndabawa, who spoke yesterday at the police headquarters in Port Harcourt, while parading the suspects.
After the commissioner’s briefing, three of the suspects were allowed to field questions from newsmen. They revealed that indeed policemen had arrived the murder scene at Omuokiri-Aluu community before the four students were murdered. However, their stories were at odds with that told by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar.
According to one of the suspects, Mr David Ugbaje, two policemen arrived when the four students were being beaten. But, whereas one of them pleaded that the boys be set free, the other policeman joined the mob in beating the students.
According to a report:
According to him, the four students were accused of robbery, adding that the mob marched the four students to a compound on Coca-Cola Street to confirm if they truly went there to see a tenant, Mr Bright, as they alleged.
Ugbaje, a cobbler, said he and other neighbours in the compound had to push the riotous mob out of the compound where Bright lived when it became obvious that the mob wanted to lynch them there.
He said the man they allegedly went to see was not at home.
When asked if he did not join in beating the students, he said he only hit the students twice.
Ikechuckwu Louis Amadi and Lawal Segun in their separate comments, also said they saw policemen at the scene of the sad incident.
Lawal, a taxi driver, said he was not part of the mob that murdered the students but claimed to have pleaded with the mob to release the students.
On his part, Amadi said he saw four police men while the students were being beaten, adding that the angry mob insisted they were not going to release the boys to the policemen.
Others paraded were Alhaji Hassan Welewa, 59; Lucky Orji, 43 ; Cynthia Chinwo (F), 24; Ekpe Daniel, 30; George Nwadei, 30; Gabriel Oche 33; Ozioma Abajuo, 23; Chigozie Samuel, 22; Endurance Edet, 27 and Uwem Akpabio, 30.