11 October 2012

Nigeria: Uniport Killings - Five More Suspects Nabbed as Aluu Turns Ghost Town

Photo: George Osodi/IRIN
Nigeria's armed police

Omuokere-Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, where four male students of the University of Port Harcourt were killed by an angry mob is now a ghost town. This was just as police arrested five more suspects in connection with the killings.

In the meantime, men of the Rivers State Police Command and 2 Amphibious Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt have taken over the entire community.

LEADERSHIP gathered that villagers and residents fled the community last Tuesday, when the students of the institution went on rampage to protest the killings and consequently razed dozens of building, while no fewer than 30 cars were destroyed.

When our correspondent visited the community, yesterday, many students were seen leaving in droves, following the closure of the university and the consequent suspension of academic activities indefinitely.

Meanwhile, five persons who were seen near the spot where the four students were killed at Omuokere, were arrested by security operatives who had been deployed to the town to maintain law and order.

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