Thursday, 15 October 2015

ALUU 4:Let there be justice


Three years ago, four undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) were murdered in the most cruel and inhumane form by members of the Aluu community.

Tekena, Ugo, Chidiaka and Lloyd were young men with dreams and high hopes, despite the harsh conditions of the  society. Although various versions of what led to their death have been told, the most commonly told story is that they went in the company of one ‘tough guy’ on campus to challenge a member of the Aluu community to forcefully get a certain amount of cash owed Ugo by the community member in the mid-night.

 Unfortunately, things went sour and they got involved in an argument with the villagers. Before a clear definition of their mission to the village could be established, they were pounced on and beaten thoroughly, after they were accused of coming to steal.

 They were beaten, battered and burnt to death by members of the Aluu community.
Three years after, nothing has been done about the issue.

Like most cases in Nigeria, it has been dragged back and forth and at the moment most people don’t know when justice will be done. The world seems to have forgotten about #Aluu4, but their families and friends will never get the matter off their minds forever.

 A female friend of Ugo said ’05/10/2012 left a scar in my heart’. Now the question remains, when will justice be done concerning this issue? How can a better relationship between university communities and students be fostered?

 How can we prevent a future occurrence?

The National Association of Nigerians Students (NANS) should wake up and be alive to their responsibilities rather than continue with collecting peanuts from politicians and carrying banners filled with mis-spelt words on the streets as worshippers of dented personalities.

 The new government should dig deep into this issue and several other academic problems as we can’t afford more decadence to the already decaying education sector.
  • Segun, 300-Level Political Science, AAUA
  • Nation

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