They were young. They were promising. But they died like miscreants. They were murdered in an orgy of blood-letting that even the earth abhors. They were killed by a society that conspired to abort their dreams and grieve their parents.
October 5, 2012 no doubt started like any other day for the four University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, undergraduates. But alas, it was not just any other day. It was a day foretold in the womb of time in all its foulness and tragic end.
The four, who inadvertently, have come to be known as the 'Aluu 4' had set-out that day to help a friend of theirs on a debt collecting mission.
But they were mistaken. But if the day had been told to them, perhaps, they might have lived by foregoing the debt. Or maybe, they might have laughed at the will of the gods. But whatever it might have been, can only be conjectured.
For Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, aged 18, year two Geology, Biringa Chiadika Lordson, aged 20, year two Theatre Arts, Mike Lloyd Toku, aged 19, year two Civil Engineering and Tekena Erikena, aged 20, they were cut short by savages in Omuokiri-Aluu community, Obio-Akpor local government of Rivers State.
They was no mercy for them as they were mauled and roasted like Christmas goats while the crowd of blood thirsty hounds stood by and brayed for more blood.
As Ayodele Daniel observes; "While we remember these brilliant young men with dreams and many others, who have fallen victim of a society that has lost every respect for the sanctity of human life, it is pertinent to ask those of us still alive and kicking, how far?"
"Is this how we want to continue living? In a society where there's little or no law and order? A society that hangs a tire doused with petrol around the neck of a petty thief and sets him ablaze yet protects and celebrates the big thief? A society that ignores hard work but rewards pettiness and mediocrity? A society where the wheels of justice hardly grinds and when it does, takes forever? A society where people are more interested in recording an act of jungle justice than doing something about it? Is this the type of society we want to continue living in?"
Too many questions with the answers floating in the wind. Adieu Aluu 4, while justice cries in the streets.
By Emmanuel Ogbeche