The Police Commissioner spoke Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, while parading the suspects. Three of the suspects, who were allowed to field questions from newsmen, confessed that policemen arrived Omuokiri-Aluu community before the four students were murdered.
of the suspects, Mr David Ugbaje, said he saw two policemen when the
four students were being beaten, adding that one of them pleaded that
the boys should be set free.
He said the other policeman joined the mob in beating the students.
to him, the four students were accused of robbery, adding that the mob
marched the four students to a compound on Coca-Cola Street to confirm
if they truly went there to see a tenant, Mr Bright, as they alleged.
a cobbler, said he and other neighbours in the compound had to push the
riotous mob out of the compound where Bright lived when it became
obvious that the mob wanted to lynch them there.
He said the man they allegedly went to see was not at home.
When asked if he did not join in beating the students, he said he only hit the students twice.
Louis Amadi and Lawal Segun in their separate comments, also said they
saw policemen at the scene of the sad incident.
Lawal, a taxi
driver, said he was not part of the mob that murdered the students but
claimed to have pleaded with the mob to release the students.
his part, Amadi said he saw four police men while the students were
being beaten, adding that the angry mob insisted they were not going to
release the boys to the policemen.
Others paraded were Alhaji
Hassan Welewa, 59; Lucky Orji, 43 ; Cynthia Chinwo (F), 24; Ekpe Daniel,
30; George Nwadei, 30; Gabriel Oche 33; Ozioma Abajuo, 23; Chigozie
Samuel, 22; Endurance Edet, 27 and Uwem Akpabio, 30.