The Rivers Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, said on Monday that the government had ordered the arrest of the traditional ruler of Aluu where four persons were killed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three students of University of Port Harcourt and a yet-to-be identified person were lynched at Omuokiri village, Aluu, near the university, on Oct. 5, for allegedly stealing a laptop and Black Berry cell phone.
Semenitari told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the state government condemned the act and directed security agencies to arrest the culprits who masterminded the killing.
She said that the government frowned at people taking the law into their hands to perpetrate jungle justice and commiserated with the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, the state police command has said that it has arrested 13 persons, including the traditional ruler of Aluu in connection with the killings.
Mr Ben Ugwuegbulam, the spokesman for the command, told NAN in Port Harcourt on Monday that the police had commenced investigation into the incident.
‘’Amazing success has been recorded in that regard as 13 persons, including the chief of the community suspected to have been involved in the reprehensible, barbaric act, have been arrested, based on credible intelligence and video clips of the killings.’’
He said that the suspects were being interrogated by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), adding that the command would get to the root of the matter.