Uniport Killings: Mr Steven Biringa [Chidiaka's father] speaks out!

One of the parents of the slain UNIPORT students, Mr. Steven Biringa, has insisted that his son, Chidiaka, was labelled a thief by his assailants so that they could find a reason to kill him.

Biringa told newsmen in Port Harcour, Rivers State on Thursday that his son had a good upbringing. He said it was unfortunate for members of the Aluu community to kill his son “over spurious claims”.

Biringa, from Obowo Local Government of Imo State, said Chiadika was always contented with what he had and would only plead with his parents to get what he needed.

He said, “I have always said that if you have seen me, you have seen my child. My child was full of humility. The issue of stealing or being an armed robber is unimaginable. He is dead and would not be here to defend himself.

“They (slain students) were supposed to be trained to take charge when we leave the stage. So why would somebody get up one day and give them a bad name and kill them? It’s just like giving a dog a bad name in order to kill it.

“It is not just killing the young men, but the manner which they did it is more annoying. I know my son will die one day just like you and I, but why now and why should it be in the most unacceptable form?

“I don’t see Chidiaka going to pick somebody’s thing. It is unfortunate that he is being labelled a thief or an armed robber or whatever name they must have given to him.

“But I know that till tomorrow, if I meet him after this planet earth, I am sure he would remain what he has always been. Chidiaka is never a thief and will never be a thief.”

Biringa appealed to government to allow the law to take its cause in the matter.