Matter adjourned to February 9
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt yesterday discharged and acquitted five out of the 12 persons standing trial in the murder case of the four undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, (UNIPORT) popularly called Aluu 4.
It would be recalled that four students of UNIPORT were killed in a mob action at Omuokiri village in Aluu Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area on the 5th of October 2012.
Twelve of the people were arrested in relation to the murder and were placed on trial for their alleged role in the incident.
Delivering its ruling, the trial judge, Justice Letan Nyordee, discharged and acquitted Lawal Segun, Okoghiroh Endurance, Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Evans Samuel and the traditional ruler in Aluu community, Alhaji Hassan Welewa.
The court freed the suspects after the Director of Public Prosecution filed a submission of no case on the five persons to the court saying they had no case to answer in the matter.
Nyordee ruled that no prima-facie case was established against the five persons and set them free.
Meanwhile, the remaining seven accused persons are still facing trial and the matter has been adjourned toFebruary 9.
However, the traditional ruler of Omuokiri, Aluu community, Alhaji (Chief) Hassan Welewa, has described the court ruling as an act of God.
Welewa stated the judgment was a true Justice noting that he never had hands in the murder of the four students.
He further slammed his kinsmen for their conducts during his trial period, noting that they intended to dethrone him.