A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday sentenced a Police Sergeant, Mr. Lucky Orji; and two others, David Ogbada and Ikechukwu Amadi, aka Kapoon, to death.
The listed persons were sentenced to death for the murder of four undergraduate students of the University of Port Harcourt on October 5, 2012.
The judge, Letam Nyordee, said the video evidence provided by the prosecution was an overwhelming proof that the three were actively involved in the murder of the students.
The court also discharged and acquitted four other persons, whose cases were not proved “beyond all reasonable doubt” by the prosecution.
According to ruling of the court, the four other suspects standing trial along with the convicts – Saviour Johnny, Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe and Cyril Abang – were discharged and acquitted for not being actively involved in the murder.
The judge said the killing of the four UNIPORT students were unjustifiable and condemnable, adding that the victims were the hope and future of their families.
“I hereby sentence ex-sergeant Lucky Orji to death; I hereby also sentence Ikechukwu Louis Amadi (aka Kapoon) to death, and I hereby also sentenced David Chinasa Ogbada to death,” the judge declared.
The trial judge criticised security operatives for their failure to take their role of protection of lives seriously.
Nyordee said no explanation would ever be valid on why the Joint Military Task Force, the Aluu Police Post, Isiopko Police Division and C4I security outfit, which were present, could not rescue the victims, whose allegation of robbery could not be proven during the unlawful prosecution.
He added that the decision of the court would serve as a warning to people who engaged in jungle justice, adding that there was the need to protect human lives.
The four students, popularly referred to as the UNIPORT or Aluu Four — Lloyd Toku Mike, Ugonna Obuzor, Tekena Elkanah and Chiadaka Biringa — were murdered by a mob, said to be a vigilante group in Omuokiri Village in Aluu, a neighbouring community to the university on Friday, October 5, 2012.