3 youth killed in choba rumuchakara
From CHRIS ANUCHA & TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
Choba, where the University of Port Harcourt is located, is in the news again, but not for good reason. Again, three youths, one them, a girl, was shot dead Thursday night by gunmen. The incident occurred at 10 p.m in Rumuchakara, popularly known as Mission Road.
One of the victims was said to have passed out from the compulsory one year National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) the same day. It was gathered that they actually celebrated his successful completion of the NYSC programme and were going home when tragedy struck. The female victim, whose identity could not be ascertained at the time of filing the report is also said to be a student of Port Harcourt.
An eyewitness disclosed that the shooting took place in front of a beer parlour, where the just-passed-out NYSC member and his friends went to clink glasses for being qualified to enter the job market. Saturday Sun learnt that the trio were already through with the party and were strolling home, when one of them pushed down some roasted plantains, being sold by the road side.
The plantain seller was said to have insisted that they paid for her damaged wares, when some men in a Highlander Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) (black) arrived the spot and the occupants pulled their rifles and pumped hot leads into the victims. The bandits were said to have shot severally at them, and made sure they were dead before speeding off. Their bodies were removed by the police yesterday and deposited at the morgue for post-mortem.
When contacted, the Public Relations of NYSC, Rivers State, Mr. Benjamin Esan, said the identity of the NYSC member could not be ascertained now. “It is difficult to know the identity of the victim now, since he just passed out,” he told Saturday Sun. He confirmed the incident, but could not give further explanations. Meanwhile, the State Security Service (SSS) has arrested another suspect in connection with the murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, in Aluu community, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The suspect, Lucky Agburum, from Obelle in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, was nabbed, at the premises of the state-owned Radio Corporation in Port Harcourt. It was gathered that the young man is a driver attached to the Corporation’s Transport Section. Agburum, according to a source, lives in Aluu community and was arrested by SSS at 2p.m, in a party organised at the radio station premises.
Saturday Sun gathered that the man was on leave when the incident occurred in the area. It was alleged that he circulated the information about the lynching of the four alleged robbers and made statements that showed that he witnessed the killing. Four students of UNIPORT namely, Tekena Elkanah, Lloyd Toku Mike, Ugonna Obuzor and Chiadika Biringa were gruesomely killed on October 5, 2012, allegedly by youths in Aluu community.