There is growing fear among Federal University Otuoke (FUO) students in Otuoke Community in Bayelsa State’s Ogbia Local Government Area over the mysterious killing of two undergraduates by unidentified individuals with bodies dumped within the Federal university community.
A hundred level student of the mathematics education department identified as “Edwin Tochi Eze” popularly known as Tochiba, was recorded as one of the victims.
He is said to have won the Mr Education contest for male category but was found dead on Tuesday which was also his birthday night, with severe machete cuts and dumped somewhere close to his residence.
The other victim who was identified as Chimzi Ejekwu Lloyd a.k.a “Chimzi,” was found dead in a bush with gunshot wounds on his chest and reports have it that he was shot at a close range.
It was gathered that a close friend to Tochi known as Sammy Majestic had on Monday declared him missing.
In his words; “We were together yesterday evening during our normal jokes and play, he ran out of the house and did not come back. We were very worried and have contacted his friends and family. We even called his phone but it was switched off.”
Another close source confirmed that Edwin’s birthday was celebrated in his hostel room, and unexpectedly he ran out of his room, soaked with water poured on him as a sign of celebration, but that was the last time he was seen until he was found dead.
Some security sources expressed concern that the secret killings could be triggered by a silent cult war in the region.
Nevertheless, the investigation was transferred to the State Police Command’s Criminal Investigation Department in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja, told our correspondent through a text message that he was in Abuja on official duty and directed him to contact the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
However, attempts to reach the DVC proved abortive.
It was however noted that on Tuesday, the institution’s authority led by Vice Chancellor Prof. Seth Accra Jaja convened an emergency meeting with the Student Union Government (SUG) headed by Comrade Debekeme Kojo, ethnic leaders, various faculty and departmental executives and the leadership of the Otuoke community on the recent issues of insecurity among students.
The meeting, chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bio Nyananyo, described the different forms of criminal activity with the protection mechanism for dealing with cases that affect the student community.
He said, “Having heard the views and opinions of various leaders,the institution made it clear that the issue of insecurity will be dealt with meticulously by engaging various security apparatus such as forming alliance with the host community to checkmate the activities of criminals.
“We should note that security is every man’s business and as such we must be very vigilant and report incidents of crimes to the appropriate authorities. The school management has also provided a platform in which we can dispatch information as regards to suspected cases within our neighborhood.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Butwats Asimin, confirmed the situation when contacted and said the bodies were deposited for further examination at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Otuoke. https://dailypost.ng/2019/10/17/fear-grips-bayelsa-varsity-students-mysterious-death-two-undergraduates/