The University of Port Harcourt yesterday declared seven days mourning for three of its students who were brutally murdered by a mob at Aluu community last Friday morning, even as professor Joseph Ajienka, Vice Chancellor of the University condemned the killing as atrocious crime. The mourning period will end on Sunday.
The VC, who was flanked by principal officers of the University, while addressing journalists on the campus of the institution, called on security operatives to smoke out those behind the brutal killing. A minute of silence was later observed for the deceased students.
Ajienka stressed that the University would not tolerate any act of jungle justice, while he consoled the bereaved families.
The University’s students union week which was to have supposed to have started Monday has been suspended in honour of the deceased students.
According to Ajienka, three of the deceased have been confirmed to be students of the University while the institution are yet to ascertain whether the forth was their student.
Those identified as UNIPORT students are Biringa Chidiaka Lordson, a year two Theatre Arts student with matriculation number U2010/1805036, Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, year two Geology, with matric number U2010/5565149 and Mike Lloyd Toku, a year two Civil Engineering student with matric number U2010/3010094.
However, for Tekena Tamuno Erikena, the VC said efforts are still being made to confirm if he was a Student of the University of Port Harcourt.
Despite the declared seven days of mourning, Ajienka stressed that the school was still in session, but dismissed suggestions that students of the university were mobilizing to take vengeance on the Omokere-Aluu community.
Meanwhile the Rivers State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said it is dismayed by the zero level to which the sanctity of human life has been reduced in the country.
The ACN expressed this in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Jerry Needam while reacting to brutal killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt by members of the Aluu community, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Describing the action of the Aluu community people as wicked, most unnatural and animalistic, Needam said for the killers not to even pause awhile to confirm their suspicion before deciding to decimate the four students shows they are more inhuman and devilish than the robbers they claim they were guarding against.
The ACN spokesman said it’s unfortunate that this is happening in Rivers State whose people are in the fore-front of the condemnation of similar massacre of hapless innocent people in Northern Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgents.