BURNT UNIPORT STUDENTS: LLOYD MICHAEL’S DEVASTATED PARENTS SPEAKS

 
Mrs. Jane Toku, the mother of one of the four slain Uniport undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt , Lloyd says her son’s death will always haunt her.
She expressed shock and dissappointment at how the crowd watched her son and his friends gruesomely murdered. Jane spoke with Punch correspondent amid tears on Monday in Port Harcourt.
Jane said, “When we got there, one of them was still breathing. He was gasping for breath, but the crowd…they were all there watching while my baby (Lloyd) was butchered. Come to my area and ask questions about my child; the child I trained.
“Penultimate Sunday, we went to church, Salvation Ministry; that is where he worshipped. We all went together for the second service. He stayed back for the remaining service. When he came back, he started preparing to go to school. I can still see him as I talk to you.
“He brought out a book; ‘How Faith Works’ by David Ibiyomie and he said ‘Mummy, read this book and you will know what faith is all about. By the time I come back on Friday, you will tell me what faith is all about.’
“Ever since, I have been moving around with that book, so that I could read and not get him angry when he comes back from school and ask me about what I learnt from the book.
“Thursday was his daddy’s birthday. He (Lloyd) called him and wished him happy birthday. When his daddy asked him if he would be coming home to celebrate the birthday with the family, he (Lloyd) promised to be back on Friday after lectures.
“But on Friday morning, we got the call that my son was being beaten. How can I erase the fact that my son was lynched from my mind? He studied very hard and got admission into the university.”
Meanwhile, the community was like a ghost town on Monday as the inhabitants of the area left their homes to avoid being arrested by security agents.
Shops, restaurants and mini supermarkets were also shut by their owners who felt students of the university were planning a reprisal on the community.
Four students were on Friday morning lynched by suspected members of the community for allegedly stealing laptops and mobile phones.
Students living off campus in the community were not left out in the rush to leave the community to avoid the wrath of security agents, who had been patrolling the area.
The police had since the killing of the four students arrested 13 suspects from Omuokiri village in Aluu, including the village head.
Immediate past President of UNIPORT Student’s Union, Mr. Rhino Owhorkire, told our correspondent that students had shelved the idea of any reprisal.
Owhorkire vowed not to rest until those behind the killings were brought to book.
Lloyd’s parents appealed to government not to allow those involved in the gruesome murder of their child and his friends go scot-free.
Lloyd Toku was a 200 level undergraduate of Civil Engineering at the university before he was killed.
Speaking with PUNCH Metro on Monday, Lloyd’s father, Mr. Mike Toku, insisted that his son was neither a thief nor a cult member.
Toku, who is the Assistant Director, Presentation, Radio Rivers and a father of three male children, narrated how he got a distress call that his son was being beaten up by a mob.
He said, “On Friday morning at about 7am, we got a distress call that our son was being beaten alongside two of his friends. So, we quickly rushed down. Initially, it was very difficult for us to locate the place, but by the grace of God, we were able to locate the place.
“By the time we got there, we saw a mammoth crowd with a few Joint Task Force members there. So, we pulled through the crowd and when I tried to move closer, the JTF operatives told me to move back. Later on, one of my cousins supported me and we moved on again and explained to them (JTF operatives).
“I move close to the four corpses on the ground and I discovered that one of them was my son. We were also able to identify the other three as his friends. We took the corpses to UPTH to ascertain whether they were still alive. A doctor came out, examined them and said they were all dead. My son has never stolen before,” Toku explained amid tears.
He called on government not to allow those behind the gruesome murder of his son and his friends to go unpunished.
“All I want is for justice to be done. That’s all. Whoever carried out that dastardly act should be brought to book. That is all I want. I have not got assurance from anybody that justice will be done. I am yet to get that (assurance). Nobody has talked to us yet.
Also, Toku’s wife, Mrs. Jane Toku, stated that the crowd was watching while his son was being butchered to death.
Source: Punch
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3 comments

  • Mummy and Daddy just take heart, the deed has been done already but I must say that the arrest that is going on should also affect those who stood there and watch the killing, and also the DPO and the police officers on duty that very day should be arrested for not arresting the situation, and also the so called vigilanty group members, they should be charged for aiding and abetting crime.

  • This is bad, I can’t believe that in this day and time, such things are still happenning in our country, I feel bad over this dastardly act, it is evil,it is barbaric, it is satanic, it must be stopped and everybody that were involved in this dastardly act, t’he policemen, t’he JTF that refused to arrest t’he situation,t’he vigilante and t’he crowd that were watching them die and snapping pictures and videos of these boys been brutally beaten and killed should all be arrested and killed. I still wonder if we’re sure we’re in Nigeria. This is jungle justice and it is very bad, I pity t’he parents, and loved ones please take heart has there’s nothing anybody can do now that will bring your boys back, I only wish in my mind that they were born again b4 their death so that they’ll be in heaven now. But I repeat to t’he state and federal government to put a serious stop on all jungle justice all over t’he country, no matter what a person or group of people do, beat them a little or embarass them and hand them over to t’he true law enforcement agents to carry out their own investigations and if they’re guilty then and only then will they face t’he music, no man or group of people should be allowed to take t’he life of anybody else as these ones are part of those who Jesus Christ died for. We should also remember that Proverbs 11:21 says “Though hand join in hand, t’he wicked shall not go unpunished but t’he righteous shall be delivered”; I rest my case here. Good day, let’s all remember to always pray for our nation Nigeria and t’he citizenry.

  • Tears ran down my face on watching the motion picture of man’s cruelty to man. And each time I cast my mind back to the pictures, I find it hard to believe it all happened in Nigeria in this period of our civilization. I keep asking these questions, perhaps still imagining that answers to them could still bring back breathe to these young handsome men. How come no one in a daylight time like that, never prevailed on the blood thirsty crowd to invite the owners of the laptop/phones for interrogations as to ascertain the veracity of theft or otherwise? How come the chief of the community never summoned his council of elders in reaching a judgement of death if they don’t recognize the law enforcement agents of the state? Where were the Police operatives while they were being paraded along the streets naked? It is a common knowledge to see our communities chiefs going to state houses and everywhere seeking constitutional roles in the administration of our nation with little or no effort to reclaim our lost traditional and social values. They have in many instances conspired with politicians to rig elections, sang praises to governors and political leaders in exchange for cars and envelopes when they are supposed to correct/ criticize them when they neglect their communities. Cultism and kingship wars have characterized their main activities at the detriment of their subjects and clans. Selling chieftaincy titles to influential criminals at highest bid. What a sad situation when the custodians of cultures have defecated on them.
    We are saving our own lives and children when we found our selves in positions of authority and do the right things for others. Let us severally and then jointly clean up the mess in our country by each starting at his/her corner.
    Heavenly Father console the families and friends of these boys in the best way you can, in Jesus name.

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