Toku Mike,one of the four
University of Port Harcourt students lynched by the Umuokiri-Aluu community on
October 6, was today laid to rest with the bereaved parents crying for justice
and immortalisation of the murdered son.
with emotions, Toku Mike’s father and the mother told newsmen at the Township
Stadium in the old Port Harcourt, that the only thing that could assuage them
is that “justice should not only be done,but must be seen to be done”.
Toku Mike’s mother
expressed what she called “inner joy that the evil labels of being thieves and
cultists put around her son and his friends were cleared by the
Inspector-General of Police,Mohammad Abubakar,who exonerated the innocent
persons murdered when they went to recover debt from somebody who promised one
of them accommodation,but wickedly raised alarm alleging they were thieves.”
Toku’s father said
he still feels the late Lloyd around the house.”I still remember him holding
his mother by her shoulders assuring her that the future would be bright for
the family by the time he finishes his University education and make inroads
into his musical career. All that dreams have been brought to an abrupt end.”
Toku Mike commended
the Police on the arrest of suspects in the killing of the ALUU 4. He however
added that more suspects are still at large.
On his impression
of the Omuokiri-Aluu Community,he said:
advice parents and students of UNIPORT not to live in that community because
they don’t value human lives”
Burubo,the National Publicity Secretary,who Spoke on behalf of the Ijaw
National Congress,INC, the umbrella body of all the Ijaw people,including
Okrika War Canoe house,where Toku Mike hailed from,said they are saddened by
the death of two of their sons,Lloyd and Tamuno-Itekenasam Elkanah. He however
said the community would not embark on a blind revenge.
the father of Chiadika Lordson Baringa,one of the UNIPORT four student also
murdered said that the Parents are shocked that none of the representatives of
the Ikwerre local Government where the incident happened, State and Federal
Government came to condole them to date.
“It is sad.Their
coming to condole us will not bring back our sons,but I thought they could show
He called for the
University authorities to immortalise the slain students.
Yalah,the National President,Niger Delta Students Union Government from the
Rivers State College of Arts and Science,RIVCAS,called for the immediate release
of fellow students languishing in jail in various Police Cells for protesting
against the killing of their colleagues.