Another Uniben Student Shot Dead


Edo State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo

Less than two weeks after a 300 level student of University of Benin, UNIBEN, was gruesomely murdered at Ugbowo campus, another student of the University was last night shot dead by unknown assailants.

The deceased whose name was given simply as James, a 3‎00 level student of Vocational and Technical Education, was said to have been shot dead at Ekosodin, a satellite community of the Ugbowo campus of the University.

The corpse of the deceased student was sighted in a white-coloured police Hilux van at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH this morning.

His white T-Shirt and lemon coloured knickers were drenched with his blood and his head shattered and almost double in size.

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One of the university students who spoke to our correspondent anonymously for personal and safety reasons, said James was on his way home at about 11:00 pm after watching the UEFA Champions League match at one of the viewing centres in the community when he was shot dead.

“It might not be unconnected with cult activities on the campus. But he should have been aware of what happens at Ekosodin at night. I just don’t know why he decided to risk his life like that. What a pity,” the source said.

P.M. NEWS recalls that Ejiroghene Gbenedio, a 300-level student of the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Physical Sciences, was hacked to death with axe at about 7:00 pm on Friday 24 October, 2014.

When contacted on phone, UNIBEN’s Public R‎elations Officer, Barrister Harrison Osarenren, promised to make an enquiry into the alleged murder and call back. But as at the time of filling this report, he was yet to return the call.

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