Posted by News Express | 9 October 2012 | 5,114 times
The father of Lloyd Toku, the 200 level undergraduate of Civil Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) lynched alongside three friends has appealed to the Nigerian Government not to allow the perpetrators to go scot-free.
As previously reported by News Express and other media, Llyod and fellow UNIPORT students Chiadikobi Biringa, Tekena Elkanah and Ugonna Obuzor were extra-judicially killed by Aluu community of Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, where several UNIPORT students live in off-campus accommodations. They were accused of stealing phone handsets and laptops, an allegation that has yet to be proved.
While Chiadikaobi’s father Onyema has handed the matter over to God, Lloyd’s father, Mr. Mike Toku, is demanding justice.
Insisting that his son was neither a thief nor a cult member, Toku, Assistant Director, Presentation, Radio Rivers, yesterday cried for justice in an interview he granted Nigeria’s mass circulating PUNCH newspaper.
“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,” he said.
Speaking in a similar vein, Llyod’s mother, Mrs. Jane Toku, said: “How can I erase the fact that my son was lynched from my mind? He studied very hard and got admission into the university.”
She proclaimed Llyod’s innocence, disclosing that he was a very religious child who could not hurt a fly.
The police have confirmed the arrest of 13 suspects in connection with the dastardly act.
*Photo, courtesy PUNCH, shows Llyod's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Toku.
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