The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Rivers State, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, on Monday revealed the identities of the four students lynched at Omuokiri-Aluu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Friday.
Speaking at a news conference in UNIPORT, Ajienka declared a seven-day mourning for the students and cancelled the Students’ Union Week, which was scheduled to have started on Monday (yesterday). He added that flags are to be flown at half mast.
The four male victims are: Biringa Chiadika Lordson, Year Two, Theatre Arts, U2010/1805036; Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, Year Two, Geology, U2010/5565149 and Mike Lloyd Toku, Year Two, Civil Engineering, U2010/3010094.
Tekena Erikena earlier did Basic Studies at UNIPORT, but was yet to be formally identified as a student of the university. Information on his proper identity is to be made available to the public, once his status is confirmed.
Ajienka said: “The reported lynching of the four men took place outside the jurisdiction of the university. The university is also not usually consulted by students and staff wishing to reside in any of our host communities.
“The university bears no responsibility for security outside the campus, even as it accepts the fact that students live and commute to the campus from some of its host communities, including Aluu.
“Because the incident took place outside the university, where it has no jurisdiction, it would be prejudicial to ongoing investigations for authorities of the university to issue independent statements on the issue, without cooperation from such agencies, which are in the forefront of the investigations.
“Pre-emptive security measures have been initiated by authorities of the university to secure lives and property on campus. We can confirm to you that the situation on campus is stable, as a joint security patrol team has taken charge of the affected area and is also providing security within the campus.
“We wish to use this opportunity to reassure staff, students and other stakeholders that the university remains open, very safe and discharging its core mandate of teaching, research and community service in a satisfactory manner.”