Worried about the widespread application of what it called lynch mob justice and arbitrary killings of crime suspects by mobs all acrooss the country the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has canvassed the trial of all those involved in such unconstitutional conducts for murder just as it called on the River State Government to produce without further delay the members of Umuokiri Community, Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area near Port Harcourt, River State who were captured in the video participating in the bestial killing recently of four University of PortHarcourt Students accused of allegedly pilfering mobile phones and laptop computers.
Media reports gave the names of the four University Students killed by angry mobs in Aluu Community near PorHarcourt, River State recently for alleged theft of computers and mobile phones as Mr. Ugonna, Mr.Lloyd, Mr. Tamukena and Mr. Chidiaka even as the video of the dastardly criminal act of lynch mob killing of these four Nigerian youth and Students of the Universityf PortHarcourt, River State were captured and uploaded on the internet by some of the eye witnesses who saw the mob action take place.
The development focused Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] in a statement to the media endorsed jointly by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media officer Miss. Zainab Yusuf condemned the vicious show of shame demonstrated by members of the Aluu Community near PortHarcout who took the law into their hands by attacking and gruesomely subjecting the four young Nigerians to their untimely death in the most crudest of fashions which must be comprehensively probed by the Federal and River State Governments so that all those who actually participated in this crime against humanity are arrested and prosecuted in the competent court of law formass murder to serve as deterrent to other would be mass murderers.
HURIWA stated thus; “We hereby condemn in totality the show of bestiality, and the crude enforcement by an angry mob of the most irrational and unconstitutional penalty to a group of young Nigerians caught for allegedly offending the law. We totally condemn this lynch mob justice and the setting ablaze of these young boys by members of Aluu community who were captured in the video evidence celebrating the actual killing through the most gruesome manner of fellow human beings for allegedly committing offences that at best can not attract more than six months prison terms if the proper constitutional channels are followed in compliance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
HURIWA also stated; “Nigeria being a nation governed by law and not by the whims and caprices of the mobs, HURIWA hereby give the Federal Government and the River State Government seventy eight hours hours to apprehend and prosecute these mass murderers for these dastardly crime against humanity to serve as effective deterrent to other would be mass murderers in any part of Nigeria. If the Nigerian Government fails to carry out this legal obligation we will begin series of campaign in the mass media drawing the attention of the World to the reign of impunity with Government tacit approval going on in Nigeria”.
The Rights group also blamed the failure of security on the part of the Nigerian Police Force and the State Security Services for allowing this sort of crude form of punishment to take place in an open field for a very long period of time without the security operatives rescuing these young Nigerians who certainly do not deserve this kind of inhuman extra-legal execution by this primitive crowd. The River State police commissioner AND THE River State SSS Director must be penalized for allowing this bestiality to happen in theirstate of jurisdiction even when section 33 provides for right to life to Nigerians.