The release of ‘Dark October‘, a debut movie by Linda Ikeji, the blogger, has sparked a wave of mixed reactions on Twitter.


The movie — which is based on the story of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) falsely accused of theft and lynched on October 5, 2012 — premiered on Friday.

Its release had come after families of the four victims kicked against the project while accusing Ikeji of not seeking their consent.

The families had in a statement by Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace Initiative (TIFPI) threatened legal action if the movie is not taken down.


In spite of the warning, the movie was released as scheduled and was received with a mixed bag of criticisms and accolades.

While some Nigerians on Twitter tackled Ikeji for going ahead with the movie’s release, other users defended the blogger over the project.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:




A screenshot of Ikeji’s response to the families and critics of the project also surfaced online.

In her response, dated January 27, Ikeji had asked critics to “stop barking over nothing”. She added that the project was a “complete work of fiction”.

“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,” it reads.

“You’re barking 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 you mentioned. There are no family members represented in the film apart from a fictionalised mother and sister. The story is not about their lives. It was fictionalised.

“Aluu wasn’t even mentioned in the movie, we used Aku. Every other thing used in the movie are information available online for anyone to read or use. The rest any lawyer can get from the court the trial took place.”

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