The suspects included 12 males aged between 20 years and 59 years and a female, Miss Lucky Orji.
The Police Commissioner, Mr Muhammad Indabawa, while parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, said three of the suspects, who were allowed to field questions from newsmen, confessed that policemen arrived Omuokiri-Aluu community before the four students were murdered.
“The gruesome manner in which the crime was committed coupled with the direct and glaring involvement of some of these suspects and the interest generated by the heinous crime left the police with no option than to parade them,“ he said.
The suspects paraded are: Mr David Ugbaje, Ikechuckwu Louis Amadi, Lawal Segun, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, 59; Lucky Orji, 43 ; Cynthia Chinwo (F), 24; Ekpe Daniel, 30; George Nwadei, 30; Gabriel Oche 33; Ozioma Abajuo, 23; Chigozie Samuel, 22; Endurance Edet, 27 and Uwem Akpabio, 30.
Mr David Ugbaje, said he saw two policemen when the four students were being beaten, adding that one of them pleaded that the boys should be set free.
He said the other policeman joined the mob in beating the students.
Lawal, a taxi driver, described the killing as “outrageous and heartless“ and said that he had never killed somebody and had no intention of killing human beings.
One of the suspects, Mr Louis Amadi, also known as Kapoon, said he was not involved in the killing, but only used belt to beat them.