Austin Izu, a 400-level student at the University of Benin’s Department of Political Science, was shot and killed at his friend’s off-campus hostel room on the Federal Girls College Road, Ugbowo, by unidentified gunmen.
The deceased, who had just completed his final exams last week, was said to have come from the upper floor of the hostel to see his friend, Walter Emaka, who stayed on the bottom floor.
According to reports, the shooters entered the room and shot the deceased in the head, while Walter just fled with gunshot wounds.
The case was reported to the BDPA Police Station in the Ugbowo Division, according to a school source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“I was acquainted with the dead. Austin, a Political Science student who graduated last week, is his name. On Adolor Road, he lived. When the incident occurred, he was on his way to see a friend. The incident was reported to the BDPA Police Station, and his injured companion is currently being treated at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, according to the source.
When contacted, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, UNIBEN’s Public Relations Officer, stated she was aware of the incident but insisted that no student had been slain.
“We were informed about the attack. The youngster (Walter) is having treatment in the hospital. She stated that “no pupil was killed.”
The incident was confirmed by the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, who added that an investigation was underway to apprehend the offenders.
“The crime was reported by someone in Ugbowo,” Bello said. He arrived at the station carrying the lifeless body of a man named Austin Izu.
“We went to the scene of the crime. Four armed individuals wearing face masks were said to have entered the room and fired shots at the deceased and one Walter Emaka. Emaka, who was shot in the upper arm, is recovering well at the UBTH. Photographs were taken of four spent cartridges retrieved from the location. The body was taken to the UBTH mortuary to be autopsied and preserved. The suspects are being sought as part of the investigation. The matter will be handed over to the Department of State Criminal Investigation.”
In a similar incident, Joshua Oginigbo, a student in UNIBEN’s Computer Engineering Department, was shot on the main campus in Ugbowo on Monday in what is considered to be a cult-related attack.
The attack occurred in the June 12 region of campus, according to the PPRO, who also stated that one Eromase Confidence of the Department of Educational Management had been arrested in connection with the event.
“Around 5.04pm, Mrs Osa Osifo, Chief Security Officer of UNIBEN main campus, Ugbowo, reported that a student named Joshua Oginigbo of the Computer Engineering Department was shot in the June 12 area of the school,” she said. She went to the scene and reported that the victim had been shot in the head and that he had been brought to the UBTH for treatment, where he is currently recovering.
“The Department of Educational Management’s Eromase Confidence was arrested as a suspect. The case will be investigated by the Anti-Cultism Section of the Police Department.”
by Olusanya Olutayo