Austin Izu a 400-level student of the Department of Political Science was shot dead by unknown gunmen at his friend’s place, off-campus hostel room on the Federal Girls College Road, Ugbowo, University of Benin.
It was gathered that the deceased, who sat his final examination last week, was alleged to have come from the upper floor of the hostel to visit his friend, Walter Emaka, who stays on the ground floor of the same hostel.
The gunmen were said to have come into the room and shot the deceased in the head, while Walter narrowly escaped with gunshot injuries.
A source in the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the case have been reported at the BDPA Police Station under the Ugbowo Division.
One of the student said;
“I know the deceased. His name is Austin, a Political Science student, who signed out last week. He resided on Adolor Road. He just went to visit his friend when the incident happened. The case has been reported at the BDPA Police Station and his injured friend is on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.”
Public Relations Officer, UNIBEN, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, said;
“I learnt of the incident, but no student was killed. We learnt of the attack. The boy (Walter) is in hospital receiving attention. No student was killed.”
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, confirmed the incident. Adding that investigation was ongoing to arrest the culprits.
“The case was reported by someone in Ugbowo. He came to the station with the lifeless body of one Austin Izu.
“We visited the scene of the incident. It was gathered that four armed men wearing face masks entered the room and shot at the deceased and one Walter Emaka. Emaka was shot in the upper arm and is responding to treatment at the UBTH. Four expended cartridges were recovered from the scene with photographs taken.
“The corpse has been deposited in the UBTH mortuary for autopsy and preservation. An investigation is on to arrest the suspects. The case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.”