Police recover five guns, bullets from UNIBEN students
Three final year students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have been arrested and set to appear in court on Wednesday following reports of gunshot that occurred in Nelson Mandela hall of residence at the university’s mini campus, Ekenhuan, two weeks ago.
A student who identified himself as a member of the Man O’ War disclosed that after the raid by the Edo State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), five guns and some bullets were recovered from them after a thorough search of the hostel. He said: “They were arrested on May 30 after complaints were made and were brought back the next day to search their rooms were five guns and bullets were recovered. They are in Abuja now ready to appear in court on Wednesday.”
The student who were identified as Longe Emirix (400-level Fine and Applied Art), Umeh Anslem Oluwase (400-level Fine and Applied Art) and a Theater Art student, name unknown reportedly shot into the air in the hostel on May 29, which led to their arrest by policemen accompanied by UNIBEN security.
Students who were in panic revealed to The Guardian that prior to the incident, some students have been extorting money from them in the hostel.
A resident said: “We were told to pay N1,000 by some students. Although we reported to UNIBEN security, who later pasted a memo in the hostel disapproving any form of extortion, nothing else was done as the extortion continued. The arrested students have been a threat to our stay on campus while carrying out their nefarious activities unchecked, making our focus on academics nearly impossible.”
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