The aggrieved parents of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were killed by a mob in the Aluu Community in 2012 had asked the popular blogger, Linda Ikeji and Netflix, to suspend the planned premiere of their movie, Dark October.
The movie centers on the murder of the students codenamed Aluu-4 in October 2012.
In a statement issued on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by Livingstone Wechie, the Executive Director of a human rights group, The Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace The initiative (TIFPI), the families of the slain students said they were consulted before the shooting of the movie which was scheduled for premiere on February 3.
The development, according to them, will bring back unpleasant memories they had managed to bury.
They added that the movie had “reawakened the already doused trauma caused by the tragic killing of their children.”
Reacting to it, Linda Ikeji advised them not to press charges as they are only wasting their time and resources.
In her words,
“Dear Livingston and partners, thank you so much for the press statement you put two days ago. It brought so much awareness to this film that talks about jungle justice as a menace in our society and the things that needs to be done to stop or curtail it.
You’re backing over nothing. Dark October is a complete work of fiction. Dedicated to the memory of Aluu 4. There are no facts in the film. I wish you’d watch it before taking any action because I guarantee you, you would be wasting your time and resources.
The movie does not carry the names or images of the boys mentioned. There are no family members represented in the film apart from a fictionalized mother and sister……”.