Robbers shoot final-year NDU student to death
Daredevil armed robbers have shot and killed a final year engineering student of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University (NDU) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The victim, identified as Obele Wilson, was attacked along the Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa, where some branches of new generation banks are located.
The bandits, who were armed with guns and other weapons reportedly rounded up Wilson and some bank customers around 2p.m. and started dispossessing them of their cash, mobile handsets and other valuables.
Prior to the incident, Wilson was said to be in the business of electronically processing screening forms for admission seekers into NDU.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said the deceased student was at the spot to seek customers from persons who bought the NDU forms from banks.
He said: “The killing of Wilson was very painful. He was at the premises of the bank on Tuesday to look for customers when some armed men stormed the place and started collecting people’s valuables and cash at gunpoint. Wilson was said to have argued with them in the process, which was why they shot him.”
The source said after the shooting, sympathisers tried to rush the victim to an undisclosed hospital but he died before getting there.
He, however, blamed the incident on the ongoing industrial crisis between the employees of the university and the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration, which led to the shutdown of NDU.
All the workers in the university have been on strike since April following the inability of Dickson to pay them their salaries for about six months.
Wilson was described by friends as an hardworking young man from Ogbia Local Council and was the immediate past Vice President of the National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBSS).