In my ears, Aluu sounds like a taboo. Satan possessed those Indigenes and brought them the recognition they desperately craved. It is sadly ironic that this little town is coming into the spotlight for perpetrating an infamously heinous act. “Gruesome” is mild compared to what the young Lloyd, Ugonna, Chidiaka and Tekena of the University of Portharcourt faced in the wicked hands of these despicable murderers.
They weren’t just killied, they were brutally and barbarically murdered. They were paraded disdainfully and slain like vultures. Is there any lawful or moral justification for such a vile act? It conquers my wildest imagination as to why anyone should carry out such evil. They stripped the boys naked and beat them to a pulp; they watched them bleed and roll in pain. As the boys quivered helplessly and hung on to life, they were severely battered on the forehead before finally bedecking them with tyres and setting them ablaze. People stood, cheered and watched the dastardly act without attempting to intervene. They even took pictures and recorded a video. The Aluu monsters ended young lives without remorse and left families bereaved. The shock overwhelmed and eventually killed one of the deceased’s mother. I feel so ashamed to be akin to these dangerously wicked people by nationality. My heart bleeds for the extent to which our humanity has degenerated.
Different stories have been making the rounds. Some say the boys stole, some say they were cultists. We also hear they were set up. Word has it that one of the deceased was being owed and tried to collect his debt and went with his friends. In a bid to recover what was owed him, he took custody of his debtor’s laptop. Unfortunately, his debtor cried ‘THIEF’ which eventually triggered the jungle justice. Apparently, the community had been regularly plagued by the menace of armed robbers in recent times so the vigilante group of Aluu took it upon themselves to execute criminals at will. We do not know for sure the truth behind their capture but even if the boys actually stole, did that give the Aluu people the right to lynch them? Everyone has a right to a fair trial; even thieves! No laptop or material possession should spell automatic condemnation. The boys deserved a fair hearing.
The boys were young, talented and promising. Lloyd and Ugonna had a song titled ‘Ain’t no love’. Indeed the Aluu people certainly have no love in their city. Dreams have been doused; Destinies have been quenched; Lives have been terminated unjustifiably. Nothing can ever bring back Lloyd, Ugonna, Tekena, and Chidiaka but they can be avenged. All the people of Aluu involved in that evil act should be brought to book. Blood for blood is fair enough. Let it serve as a deterrent to the people of Aluu and others with like minds of evil dispensation. It is most appalling to recall the evil done but we can only hope justice is served. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.
Written By Tom Lash Kilo