ALUU 4 – Ten year remembrance: no to jungle justice

ALUU 4  – Ten year remembrance: no to jungle justice

Today makes it exactly 10 years after the unwanton lynching of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt in June 2012.

Whenever the news of this incident is remembered it sends a cold chill to everyone’s spine due to the circumstances in which they died and the way they were killed, it is a very terrible story of how four young boys were mobbed to death and then hung tires around their neck and burnt them to ashes. 

The story of what truly happened according to the report submitted by the law enforcement agents after carrying out their investigations goes; four boys who were friends and all students of the University of Port Harcourt by the names Lloyd, Ugonna, Chidiaka, and Tekena visited the house of their debtor to collect their debt, the debtor was not yielding to the voice of reason so they decided to take and confiscate some items belonging to the debtors and took the items with them. The debtor raised an alarm that the boys were thieves who have broken into his house and stolen his properties and are going away with the items. 

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Neighbors and passers-by sprung into action, chased the boys down, and started beating them without giving room for the boys to share their side of the story.

They tore their clothes, paraded them around the neighborhood naked, beat the boys until they were too weak to run or even speak and the mobsters crown it all up by setting the boys ablaze, labeling them down as thieves and secret cult members who have been terrorizing the neighborhood.

This is the sad story of how the lives of four young boys in their prime were abruptly cut shut. 

What happened to the Aluu four should never have happened and should never be allowed to repeat itself under any circumstances again in Nigeria and Nigerians should in the memory of the Aluu four take a solid stand against jungle justice. An aggrieved person must learn to seek redress through the right channels and institutions which are the law enforcement agencies or the judiciary. 

If everyone resorts to self-help and jungle justice the society will revolve back to the state of nature where life is nasty, brutish, and short. 

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