A student of Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, identified as Odje Stephen of the Department of Medical Biochemistry, has been reportedly shot dead by unknown gunmen.
The incident was said to have happened on Sunday around 9:00pm when the late Stephen was on his way back to school to resume the 2020/2021 academic session.
According to sources, apart from Odje who lost his life during the attack that took place at Oria, a community that is less than 15 minutes drive to the university community, Mr. Divine Omajuwa of Geology Department and Miss Hamza Hussiena Jennifer of Pharmacology Department of the university who were also returning back to school were whisked away by the gunmen.
Reason why Odje was shot dead on the spot was unknown as at the time of filing this report.
Reacting to the ugly incident, the university management condemned in its entirety the gruesome murder of the young Nigerian and the kidnap of Divine and Jennifer.
A statement signed by the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Professor Chukwujindu Iwegbue, called on “relevant security agencies and the general public to step up actions to ensure the immediate release and safe rescue of the kidnapped students,” adding that the perpetrators of the heinous crime against innocent students of the university must be brought to book.
Also reacting, Student Union Government (SUG), of the institution described the incident as “horrifying and unacceptable” that students and the entire university community have become targets of attack, murder and kidnap by hoodlums parading the state.”
A statement signed by the SUG President, Comrade Mukolo Ogelenya Solomon, warned that the incident “may lead to a breakdown of law and order within and around Abraka and its environs and the entire state in general if urgent steps are not taken to effect the immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped victims.”
The statement reads: “It is also painful to the entire student body that when such incidents occur, law enforcement agencies within and around the State have not done enough to bring the perpetrators to book.”
The students union therefore issued 24-hour ultimatum to law enforcement agencies in the state to swing into action to effect the unconditional release of the kidnapped students, saying, “failure to do so will result to students’ unrest within Delta State University in particular and the entire state in general.”
Furthermore, the student leader on behalf of his government expressed condolence to the family of the slain student, the students of the Department of Medical Biochemistry and staff and students of the institution.
At the time of filing this report, the whereabouts of the kidnapped students were still unknown.
When contacted on phone, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bright Edafe couldn’t confirmed the incident but requested to be given some minutes to get in touch with the Divisional Police Officer of the area and get back but was yet to get back as at when filing this report.