Police authorities on Monday explained why their men could not save the four University of Port Harcourt students, Ugonna Ubuzor, 18,(200-level Geology),Lloyd Toku, 19, (200-level Civil Engineering), Tekena Elkanah, 20, (Diploma Technical) and Chidiaka Odinga, 20(200-level Theatre Arts) who were brutally murdered at Omukiri-Aluu recently.
It was explained in a statement from the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, in which it was admitted that the police actually got a distress call on the day of the incident that four suspects were about to be lynched by a mob.
It was however stated that when the police patrol team which consisted of four policemen got to the scene, they met a mob who had apprehended the four victims who they claimed were armed robbers. The police team was chased away by the mob who threw stones at them and thus dimmed the hope of rescuing the four young men from being killed.
The police statement also made it known that the patrol team called for reinforcements but before their arrival, the four students had been killed and burnt by the mob. The police also stated that the perpetrators fled the scene after the incident.
The police said they met JTF team at the scene and collected the corpses of the victims.
In the course of investigating the matter, the police arrested Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the traditional ruler of Omukiri community, Aluu and 18 other suspects who were members of the community’s vigilance group.
According to Police investigations, four other people, namely Felemo Solomon, Cynthia Chinwo, Ozioma Abajao and Chigozie Samuel Evans have been closely linked to the crime.
The four victims had gone to Aluu early in the morning to demand for money owed them by Coxson Lelebori Lucky alias ‘Bright’ who raised a false alarm that the four students were armed robbers.
The police stated that though Coxson has since then gone underground, detectives are on his trail.