A female student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State, who was enrolled in the 100th level was slain by a stray bullet shot by some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums who were likely cultists.
According to information obtained by City Round, the event took place late on Thursday along Ifite Awka’s well-known Miracle Junction.
According to local witnesses, the event happened as the thugs chased and attempted to shoot an unnamed tricycle driver but were unsuccessful because one of the shots struck a student who was crossing the street.
The victim, known only as Uche, was reportedly in the hospital’s medical laboratory department when the bullet struck her while she was walking to the market.
The source said, “This deceased was a 100-level student of the Faculty of Health Science, she was killed on Thursday evening by a stray bullet shot by suspected cultists who were chasing a tricycle operator at the popular Miracle Junction.
“The tricycle driver was shot too, and he pretended to be dead, but surprisingly, he stood up after a while and escaped when his attackers had left thinking he was dead.”
The corpse of the deceased was said to have been deposited at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident.
Ikenga said patrol and surveillance have been intensified in the area while he called on the eyewitnesses to come forward to furnish the police with relevant information to help the command in its investigation.
“It is very unfortunate, preliminary information revealed that the incident is cult-related and we are already working with eyewitnesses to identify the perpetrators and possibly arrest them.
“Meanwhile, police operational positioning has been improved within Awka and patrols intensified.
“The command would not relent in waging war against cultism and other forms of crimes in the state, recently we just remanded 33 suspects in a cult-related incident. We also urge the residents of the state to always alert the police.”