Lagos - A mob lynched four male students at the University of Port Harcourt in the southern Rivers State after accusing them of stealing phones and laptops, state police and media said on Sunday.
"On Friday, a mob from Aluu community in Port Harcourt committed a horrendous crime of taking the laws into their hand by lynching four male students of the University of Port Harcourt," police spokesperson Ben Ugwuegbulem said.
Aluu is the nearest community to the university, established in 1975.
Media reports said the students were accused of stealing laptops and BlackBerry phones.
"The police have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators of this barbaric, reprehensible and unlawful act. We shall not condone this illegality," Ugwuegbulem said, calling the killings "murder".
The suspects and a video are helping police in their investigation, Ugwuegbulem said, calling it "curious, amazing and insensitive" that witnesses who could have prevented the crime were filming it.