UNIPORT Killing: One Of The Victim’s Devastated Parents Speak

Mr. and Mrs. Toku in Port Harcourt ... on Monday | credits: Chukwudi Akasike

Mr. and Mrs. Toku in Port Harcourt … on Monday
| credits: Chukwudi Akasike

Mrs. Jane Toku, the mother of Lloyd, one of the four undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt that were lynched at Aluu community in Rivers State, says her son’s death will always haunt her.

She also expressed shock that the crowd could watch how her son and his friends were gruesomely murdered.

Jane spoke with our 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.

Llyod Michael aka Big L (19) - Civil Engineer -Year 2

Llyod Michael aka Big L (19) – Civil Engineer -Year 2

“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 they were all dead. My son is the nicest of the whole. He 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.

Culled from Punch

  1. king Henry Reply

    Since I was born I ve seen killing in pakistans and other contries but I never see a thing like this as I write this I am a leader in my community and nothing happen in my community without my knowledge the leader of that community should bill killed and the rest of his family will suffer the cause of this killing untill all there generation wipe off this earth.
    I wrote this with anger and anyone that was part of this barbaric act will never no peace. Where is Nigerian police force ? This guys were paraded for hours and they did nothing to stop this God in heaven anyone that have hand in this may he suffer for the rest of his or her life. And for those student your sins is upon those that killed you and I pray that God will give you rest Rejoice cause you are in a better place.

  2. Meme Reply

    Nigeria! Oh Nigeria! Wickedness, hatred, lack of love for one another,this has taken a eaten so deep into it (Nigeria) As one of those killed sang ” Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, not even in this part of town” How on earth could dis be? With the crowd there watching, not even one person or group of persons would stop this kind of mans inhumanity on another,rather they stood there watching and filming. Tell me, will they ever go through this life bold and sound again? I say NO! for the pain, misery,plea, and cry of those four shall continually hunt even more than those who carried out the kill. How would you have allowed this wickedness? Even if they were caught with what they were alleged to have stolen, it was, and will never be enough for the treatment that was meted out on them, the humiliation,the misery, the pain,the tears and even the blood that came out of them before the gave up. Oh God, you take no pleasure in wickedness, you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. Psalm 5:4 (NLT) May the Lord comfort the family those four Uniport boys. Meme

  3. kaizer Reply

    My sincere condolence to the families of those that lost their children in this gruesome act I wish God allmighty consoles you.Not everyone in crowd looked on because they espected a show,some of them were equally scared stiff of the mob, those guys were cold blooded and could have killed anyone who tried to stop them.

  4. Ay Reply

    the scripture says “the heart of man is desperately wicked” this is the height of wickedness. i want to say categorically that, everyone that witness that gruesome murder of those helpless student live, and did nothing to stop it but rather hail the murderers, should see his or herself as an accomplice to murder. and i tell you, they also will share from the punishment of GOD. If somebody can stand and watch that type of killing believe me such persons can equally kill. May God have mercy on all of us.
    For the parents of these young promising men, may God in His infinite mercies console them. our God has various ways of compensation His loved ones, may He meet them (parents) at the point of their needs.

  5. ngwadede Reply

    Just speechless but only God knws y. Lloyd RIP only God will George

  6. Jumoke! Reply

    I know those boyz will rest in perfect peace, but it’s very hard to believe this Nigeria is fool of hatred and their is no love between one and other if not, why can’t anybody exercise some little petiecnce to listen to the boyz and report the the police! I don’t even know what i,m saying again. Please those people who has a hand in their death must be killed as well not straight killing the way they kill those boyz beating break their heads and burn then to death as well. What kind of country is this, take laws into their own hands even police could do nothing about it please kill them as well don’t even shot them that will be easy let them go thtrough pain before burnig them! This is why GHANA is far far better than Nigeria is it our population that’s giving us all this madness or what.. Hummmm is just a pity to those boyz parent, have my condolence may their soul rest in Peace!!! I pity their parent. Please we must see their killing as well if not this unlawfull act will never stop in Nigeria!!!

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