Linda Ikeji debuts in Nollywood with the film about extrajudicial executions ‘Dark October’

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The tragic death of the Aluu 4, four University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) students who were stripped, beaten and lynched for an alleged robbery incident on October 5, 2012, is the inspiration behind a new film produced by beautiful and distributed by FilmOne.

The deceased students, Lloyd Toku-Mike, 19; Tekena Friday Elkanah, 20; Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, 18; and Chidiala Loroson Biringa, 20, visited the Aluu community on the day of the events in search of a debtor who owed one of them.

The debtor gave a false alarm that the students were thieves coming to steal their valuables. Unfortunately, an angry mob paraded them as thieves and set them on fire.

Ms. Ikeji, who has followed the case for years, is making her foray into Nollywood by launching a film project titled “Dark October” directed by Toka McBaror, based on the tragic 2012 Aluu Four lynching.

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The film, he says, aims to shed light on the evil of extrajudicial killings and the importance of justice for all.

“Dark October”, directed by an award-winning Nigerian filmmaker, will bring to life the story of these four young men and the events that led to their tragic deaths. It will also delve into the aftermath of the lynching and the impact it had on their families, friends, and community.

“This film is a powerful and important story that needs to be told,” said Ms. Ikeji, the film’s producer. “We hope it sparks a conversation about the dangers of extrajudicial killings and the importance of ensuring justice for all.”

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FilmOne founders Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa said they hope the film will help bring about change and ensure something like this never happens again. It is a reminder of the importance of holding those in power accountable and the need for justice for all.

”The film aims to raise awareness of this tragic event and remind everyone of the importance of justice and fair treatment. The film will show the human side of the victims and the impact of their loss on their loved ones, and will also lead to the effects of the event on the community and the nation,” they said.

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The film features a cast of talented newcomers, Chuks Joseph, Munachi Okpara, Kem-Ajieh Ikechukwu, and Kelechukwu Oriaku.

Dark October will premiere on Netflix on February 3. It will be available for streaming in more than 190 countries, making it accessible to a global audience.

The film is expected to be a powerful tool to raise awareness about extrajudicial killings and the importance of justice for all.

The producers hope it will remind Nigerians of the importance of holding those in power accountable and the need for justice.

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