17th October, 2013
A Nigerian court in the city of Port Harcourt , Rivers state, southern Nigeria, today granted bail to the Alhaji Hassan Welewa,the paramount ruler of Umuokiri-Aluu and three others out of the 12 suspects standing trial for the murder of the four University of Port Harcourt students in the town.
Justice Letam Nyordee who is presiding over the case said that the court was granting the four accused bail with 2millon Naira surety each.
He ruled that the four accused granted bail were charged with negligence to commit murder which does not carry a capital punishment.He however refused bail for the remaining Eight suspects because they were charged with the murder of the four UNIPORT students popularly known as Aluu Four,who were all first sons of their parents.
The ALUU Four were paraded naked and lynched, and set on fire by a mob in Umuokiri-Aluu in Ikwerre local government of Rivers state on the allegation that they were armed robbers and cultists.
Two weeks ago,the parents of the four students launched a foundation called “Four Friends Alive Foundation,FFAF, in their memory at the Atrium Centre Port Harcourt.
—Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt