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The Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra state, was left in shock on September 14 after a year-one student was murdered in what appears to be a cult-related incident.
The victim, Uche Joevita Chigozirim, who was studying in the Faculty of Health Sciences, succumbed to her injuries caused by a stray bullet at Miracle Junction in Ifite, Awka.
An eyewitness who preferred anonymity, said: ‘This girl Uche Joevita Chigozirim, a 100-level Student of the faculty of health Science was killed yesterday evening by a stray bullet shot by suspected cultists at the popular Miracle Junction.’
‘Please help us and let the world know the insecurity situation we are facing here in the Unizik environment and the state government is not doing anything to improve the situation.’
‘Please let the IG of Police help us with a checkpoint around the Ifite area of Unizik because we are tired of complaining to the state government. It’s now a culture we are almost used to. It’s really sad.’
The crime scene was marked by the presence of the student’s lifeless body, shrouded under banana leaves when the report was documented.
Tochukwu Ikenga, the state police spokesperson, confirmed the incident and lamented its unfortunate nature. He added that the police were currently in cooperation with eyewitnesses to determine the individuals behind the incident and to potentially effect their arrest.
He said: ‘It is very unfortunate, preliminary information reveals 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.’