The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said four key suspects had been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt at Aluu Community in Rivers.
Abubakar made the disclosure through Mr Frank Mba, the Police Public Relations Officer at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
University of Port Harcourt students brutally beaten and burnt alive
He said the suspects were caught after they were clearly identified in one of the video clips of the incident posted on the Internet.
He identified Felomo Solomon, Cynthia Chinwo, Oziomo Abajuo and Chigozie Evans as the four key suspects.
“Of all the suspects arrested, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the Traditional Ruler of Allu Community, has been indicted by intelligent information as one of the chief instigator, who encouraged the mob to kill and burn those four innocent young men,’’ he said.
The IG said the police were also looking for the whereabouts of one Coxson Lucky, also known as Bright, who was alleged to be the one the victims went to see with regard to money owed them, who also raised the alarm that the young men were thieves.
Abubakar sounded a note of warning to all Nigerians never to take the law into their hands, because Nigeria “is not a lawless country and jungle justice is not the way.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right, ‘’ he stressed, adding that anyone caught taking the law into his hands would face the wrath of justice.
He advised Nigerians with meaningful information that could aid investigation not to hesitate to reach out to the police.
The IG assured Nigerians that a massive deployment of policemen had been made to the area, including detectives to assist the Rivers State Police Command.
“We are investigating every aspect of the killings, including the allegations that some policemen stood idly watching while these hideous act took place.’’
The four students killed are Chidiaka Biringa, Llyod Michael, Tekena Elkanah and Ugonna Ibuzor.
– Vanguard Newspapers