Justice Letam Nyordee of a High Court in Port Harcourt has sentenced three out of the seven people facing trial in the killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt popularly called Aluu4 to death.
Those sentenced to death include, ex-Sergeant Lucky Orji, Ikechukwu Luis Amadi and David Chinasa Ogbonda.
The other four suspects facing trial; Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe, Abang Cyril, and John Ayu were discharged and acquitted for lack of overwhelming evidence.
Justice Nyordee in his Judgment blamed the accused persons for embarking on mob action without having the facts about the action of the students.
The Judge said the death of the four children was a culmination of the shameful failure of security institutions especially in the area of intelligence sharing, adding that the Police, the C4i and the Joint Military Task Force failed in their responsibilities.
Speaking with newsmen, counsel to the convicted persons, Chukwueze Ifedi said the decision of the court was based on findings of the investigation.
Twelve people were standing trial for the murder of the young undergraduates but five were discharged early this year.