UNIBEN student dies after she was hit by bullet


Susan Oboh, a final year student of the University of Benin, has died after she was reportedly shot by suspected robbers on March 3 in Benin, Edo State.

She was a pharmacy student.

She was said to have died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital on Saturday night after efforts to save her life by medical personnel failed.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) learnt that Miss Oboh became a victim of the incident when she was seeing off her visitor at the Osasogie area, a community close to the university gate.

A source told NAN that the deceased was rushed to the university teaching hospital, while funds were raised through various social media platforms for her medical treatment.

“The death has thrown the university community into mourning because Susan was very nice, jovial and enterprising.

“She was billed to graduate in April except for the ongoing ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) strike,” said the source.

While the university management is yet to react to the development, Foster Amadin, President of the Students Union in the institution, described the loss as saddening.

Mr Amadin said that the union would join hands with the police to ensure justice was served in the matter.

“Basically for now, it is a moment of grief for the university community. We are not really happy the way it went and, of course, there could be a way to push for justice.

“We want to know what really happened. We will be making a move to the police division to gather more information, and know what they already have in their file.

“We will be doing our own procession in school just to honour her. Before now, in our own particular order and ability, we have tried.

“We donated blood when it was needed and contributed finance when money was needed. But God is the ultimate and final healer.

“We are not happy as it happened; we are grieved and we just pray for the family to bear the loss,” he said.

The students’ union leader, however, urged the government to scale up security around the university environment.

The police spokesperson Edo State, Kontong Bello, who confirmed the incident on Monday in Benin, said investigation has commenced on it.

“Yes, it was reported at the Ugbowo Division that she was shot and there is yet to be any arrest,” Mr Bello said. (NAN)