About five days after the traditional ruler of Omuokiri Aluu, Alhaji Hassan Walewa, was arrested by security agents, members of the community are demanding his immediate release.
Walewa was picked up by the police two days after four students of the University of Port Harcourt were lynched by a mob suspected to be some indigenes of the community.
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Aluu Council of Chiefs, Chief Richard Kalu and Chairman, Ogbakor Aluu, Mr. Emma Wawhor, the community urged security agents to stop the harassment and mass arrest of innocent Aluu people.
Denying any involvement in the killing of the four UNIPORT students, the community urged the security agents to go for the actual perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.
The community explained that it could not understand the reason for the incarceration of the traditional ruler, even as it pledged its cooperation to security agencies investigating the circumstances behind the killing of the students.
“The arrest has buttressed the fact that no Aluu indigene was involved in the murder of the four students of University of Port Harcourt except in the case of the paramount ruler of the Omuokiri community, Chief Alhaji Hassan Walewa, who was merely invited by the police in his capacity as paramount ruler of the community where the act took place.
“But surprisingly, he has been in detention of security agencies till date. The people of Aluu clan cannot understand the reason for his continued incarceration.
“We hereby demand his prompt release and urge the security agencies to stop further harassment, mass arrest of innocent Aluu people and go for the actual perpetrators of the crime and subsequently bring them to justice,” the statement, which was read by the spokesman of Aluu, Mr. Garshon Benson, said.