Crime and Metro

300 Level Undergraduate arrested for shooting fellow student in Bayelsa

A 300 Level Accounting undergraduate of the Niger Delta University, identified as African Innocent has been arrested by the Bayelsa State Police Command for allegedly shooting to death of a fellow undergraduate with the name James Okunmakpeye.

The victim was shot in the head at a close range and died at the spot. He died by a lecture hall on Wednesday.

According to report, he was standing by the door of the lecture room in the Faculty of Management Sciences when the attacker shot him.

The shooting was reported to have caused pandemonium as students and lecturer ran away leaving just the lifeless body of the victim, James Okunmakpeye in a pool of his own blood.

Mr Ingezi Idoni, the Public Relations Officer of the Niger Delta University, confirmed the incident and said the school management has started investigation into the matter and also consulted relevant security agencies.

According to Idoni, “There was a lecturer in the class during the incident. The deceased was shot by the door of the lecture room. He was late to class and was asked to come into the lecture hall. While he was offering reasons for his lateness, someone came from behind and shot him”.

“The culprit after carrying out the dastardly act ran towards the Ogobiri side of the institution, where the perimeter fencing has failed, and escaped”.

“We are using this opportunity to call on the state government to assist the institution in completing the perimeter fencing so as to assist in the security of lives and property on campus.”

The spokesperson for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat said the police has arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting, he also added that they have added more security men in the school.

According to him, “When our teams were alerted, we responded swiftly and one suspect, African Innocent, a 300-level Accounting undergraduate of the institution, is in custody”.

“The victim, James Okunmakpeye, was shot in the head at close range and he was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. We have beefed up security on the campus and we are going to arrest more suspects involved in the murder.”

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