by Rachel Ogbu
The bloody Friday incident that occurred on October 5, 2012, in which four students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) were brutally murdered by a mob for alleged robbery continues to spark reactions across the country.
SleevesUp Nigeria is now mobilising Nigerians and encouraging them to be united in one voice to say ‘Never Again’, to jungle justice and to advocate for security sector reform and an act to amend chapter 10 of our current Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 LFN 2004, making provision for laws relating specifically to mob justice and related offences.
In a statement the group recounted how spectators stood by recording the gruesome event on their mobile phones and circulating the content on the internet. “The students were: Ugonna Obuzor (18), Lloyd Toku (19), Tekena Elkanah (20) and Chiadika Biringa (20). They are the #Aluu4. Many have said that Jungle Justice is not new in Nigeria and that it happens almost every day, unreported. However, this time it was captured in video,” the statement read.
The group thus encourages all Nigerians to join in and help put an end to people taking the laws into their own hands this way. To join in, follow these steps:
- Donate a tweet and display a picture image using the attached NEVER AGAIN icon and hashtag #NeverAgainNG
- Join our twitterton on Thursday, October 26 as we advocate against mob justice, on Social Media, hashtag #NeverAgainNG
- Use the sample picture to make a white or black t-shirt. Wear your t-shirt for the:
- #NeverAgainNG Press Conference
- #NeverAgainNG Walk
- and the #NeverAgainNG Memorial
- Add your signature to the petition for a Mob Justice Draft Bill via http://ofilispeaks.com/aluu4/
- Send your #NeverAgainNG picture message to [email protected] or tweet it with hashtag #NeverAgainNG
- Write a poem, article or blog for our #NeverAgainNG Bloggers & Poets and send to [email protected]
- Hold a #NeverAgainNG event in your Mosque or Church
To join this movement or for enquiries and event dates, please contact: