According to Facebook user, Ekeakita Hector Chinem who shared the story, the young soldier was beaten to death over stolen rods which was yet to be ascertained to have been stolen by him. Here’s what he wrote below;
This young man (Victor Ochoma) was beating to death for a crime that is yet to be ascertain the facts.
That rod was stolen by unknown person in the construction of the Ahoada, Odiemerenyi, Odieke and Ihugbogo road would have not lead to the killing of this young man.
What will happen to those that take the major portion of the national cake?
My dear my your rest in the bosom of the Lord, till we meet again.
Rivers State has always had a known history of jungle justice, as few years ago, the State was in the news for the killing of four young men, Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah, all students of the University of Port Harcourt. They were all lynched after they were falsely accused of theft in Aluu, a community in Ikwerre local government area, Rivers State, Nigeria on 5 October 2012.
Chiadika Biringa, Lloyd Toku Mike, Tekena Elkanah and Ugonna Obuzor were all friends, first sons of their parents, and students of University of Port Harcourt. The four students were also occasional roommates. Ugbonna sometimes spent the night with Tekena who lived outside the campus. He moved in because his residence on campus was broken into multiple times. Ugbona and Tekena were coming back from outside the campus one night when they met their other friends, Chiadika and Lloyd. One of the four had a debtor living in the nearby village of Aluu so all four decided to meet the person together. In the cause of settling the debt, a misunderstanding ensued which turned sour and eventually turned into a fight.
The debtor started screaming, claiming that the men were there to steal laptops and mobile phones. The vigilante group was alerted with the impression that the students were the criminals disturbing the community. The four men were chased through the streets by the stick and stone-wielding vigilantes, stripped naked, beaten and tortured until they were almost unconscious. Afterwards, in the presence of a crowd, they were dragged through mud, had concrete slabs dropped on their heads and car tyres filled with petrol wrapped around their necks in order to burn them.