Oct 9, 2012 – UNIPORT Aluu 4 Murder: Devastated Parents Of Lloyd Michaels Speak Up
The mother of the murdered student in Aluu, Lloyd Michaels aka Big L, Mrs Jane Toku said her son’s death will forever haunt her. naijagists.com
Mrs Jane expressed shock that human beings with blood flowing in their veins like that of his son were there watching others killing her son and 3 other students in Omuokiri-Aluu village last week.
According to Punch, here is what Jane said amid tears:
“When we got there, one of them was still breathing. He was gasping for breath, but the crowd…they were all there watching while my baby (Lloyd) was butchered. Come to my area and ask questions about my child; the child I trained.
“Penultimate Sunday, we went to church, Salvation Ministry; that is where he worshipped. We all went together for the second service. He stayed back for the remaining service. When he came back, he started preparing to go to school. I can still see him as I talk to you.
“He brought out a book; ‘How Faith Works’ by David Ibiyomie and he said ‘Mummy, read this book and you will know what faith is all about. By the time I come back on Friday, you will tell me what faith is all about.’
“Ever since, I have been moving around with that book, so that I could read and not get him angry when he comes back from school and ask me about what I learnt from the book.
“Thursday was his daddy’s birthday. He (Lloyd) called him and wished him happy birthday. When his daddy asked him if he would be coming home to celebrate the birthday with the family, he (Lloyd) promised to be back on Friday after lectures.
“But on Friday morning, we got the call that my son was being beaten. How can I erase the fact that my son was lynched from my mind? He studied very hard and got admission into the university.”
Lloyd’s father, Mr. Mike Toku, insisted that his son was neither a thief nor a cult member.
Toku, who is the Assistant Director, Presentation, Radio Rivers and a father of three male children, narrated how he got a distress call that his son was being beaten up by a mob.
He said, “On Friday morning at about 7am, we got a distress call that our son was being beaten alongside two of his friends. So, we quickly rushed down. Initially, it was very difficult for us to locate the place, but by the grace of God, we were able to locate the place.
“By the time we got there, we saw a mammoth crowd with a few Joint Task Force members there. So, we pulled through the crowd and when I tried to move closer, the JTF operatives told me to move back. Later on, one of my cousins supported me and we moved on again and explained to them (JTF operatives).
“I move close to the four corpses on the ground and I discovered that one of them was my son. We were also able to identify the other three as his friends. We took the corpses to UPTH to ascertain whether they were still alive. A doctor came out, examined them and said they were all dead. My son has never stolen before,” Toku explained amid tears.
He called on government not to allow those behind the gruesome murder of his son and his friends to go unpunished.
“All I want is for justice to be done.
That’s all. Whoever carried out that dastardly act should be brought to
book. That is all I want. I have not got assurance from anybody that
justice will be done. I am yet to get that (assurance). Nobody has
talked to us yet.
So sad may his soul and that of others rest in peace.
May the Lord console the grieving families.