It has just been reported that a 21-year-old student of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Joseph Ita Archipong, was killed by armed robbers during an operation on his family.
Vanguard reports that the unfortunate incident took place around 2:00am at 22 Duncan street, south local government area on Wednesday, April 25. It was further disclosed that three men broke into the compound of the deceased with the aim of robbing them.
A family member disclosed that late Archipong tried stopped the three men gang when he was shot by someone waiting in the car outside.
The person said: “He (Joseph), did not know that one person was behind him because he tried to stop them while they were about leaving and they had another person in a waiting car outside but unfortunately one of the armed bandit behind shot him as he was trying to struggle with the masked one not knowing that one more was behind. Although he died four days after because he was shot with a locally made gun, we didn’t know that the hospital would not be able to help, if we knew we would have gone traditional to remove those bullets because they were pellet. Like I said earlier he died four days after he sustained the gun shot injury at the Public hospital and he would be buried on the 4th at Etak Ukana, Akwa Ikot Effanga in Akpabuyo LGA. Since the incident happened it has been difficult for the parents to stay here because of the trauma. I just pray that they recover from this because he is in his final year at the University of Calabar.”
However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Irene Ugbo confirmed the death of the young. She added that three suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder and robbery of late Archipong.
Ugbo said: “Three persons were arrested by EFUT Police division and they are currently in custody and investigation is still ongoing to get to the root of the matter after which they will be charged to court for the law to take its course. “We have given them grace to bring out all arms and ammunition’s in their possession but this time we are going really hard on criminals because the period of grace is over and we are leaving no stone unturned as all criminals will be flushed out no matter their hide out or modus operandi.”
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