The bereaved family of Justina Otuene, the University of Port Harcourt student who was tragically murdered, has stepped forward to demand justice. Allegedly, Justina was killed by her boyfriend at his residence in Ozuoba, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
During a media briefing in Port Harcourt, the elder brother of the deceased, Osas Otuene, expressed the family’s profound devastation and desire for justice. Osas, also a 500-level undergraduate of Chemical Engineering at the same university, insisted that additional perpetrators were involved in the heinous crime and emphasized the importance of the legal process in holding all accountable.
He recounted the harrowing discovery of his sister’s body at the Ozuoba Police Station. He underlined the family’s call for justice, emphasizing the distress the incident had caused, mainly as Justina was their only daughter and their father had passed away.
In a related statement, the Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Port Harcourt, Chima Wokocha, conveyed the Vice-Chancellor’s determination to support the authorities in ensuring the perpetrators are brought to justice. Wokocha also appealed to parents to advise their children against pursuing illicit wealth and cautioned against irresponsible relationships, urging a return to more principled behaviour.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasized that the university would not impede the legal process and underscored the institution’s concern about its reputation in light of the distressing incident. He reiterated the university’s strict stance against violence, emphasizing that any student found culpable would face severe consequences, potentially including expulsion.
Furthermore, Wokocha implored parents and guardians to closely monitor and guide their wards, urging them to report any concerning behaviour to the university authorities or the police to prevent similar tragedies.
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