- Tension is brewing in Imo state following the alleged killing of a student by soldiers
- The soldiers were said to have opened fire on a car in which the female student was been chauffeured
- The incident has sparked reactions from students of the Imo State University
Daily Trust is reporting that there was panic in Owerri, the Imo state capital on Monday, April 26 as soldiers allegedly shot and killed a student of the Imo State University, Owerri, near Douglas House, the seat of the state government.
According to the report, the victim was identified as Divine Nwaneri, a 25-years-old 100 level student of soil science and biotechnology.
She was allegedly shot dead by the soldiers on guard duty around the area in the face of the heightened tension in the southeast state.
Speaking on the incident, the president of the Student Union Government of IMSU, Arinze Oguike, said students were saddened by the way the military allegedly killed the undergraduate.
According to him, she was shot dead by the soldiers, while driving in a Lexus car with her friends.
The deceased was being driven in the car around 10 pm when the soldiers opened fire on them and shot her and the male driver.
They were rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, where the IMSU undergraduate was confirmed dead while the driver survived.
When contacted, the spokesman of the university, Ralph Obinjoku, confirmed the incident, saying that they are saddened by the loss of the undergraduate.
Earlier today, unknown gunmen attacked another police station in Okigwe South local government area of the state.
During the attack, five police officers were reportedly killed, while one has been declared missing even as the hoodlums burnt down the station.
On Sunday, April 25, the Imo commissioner for entrepreneurship and skill acquisition, Iyke Ume was shot by unknown gunmen in the state capital, Owerri.
The armed men also shot four other motorists during the attack which caused panic within the city.
The commissioner was said to have been riding with another aide of Governor Hope Uzodinma, Dominic Uzowuru, to his home in Orji, when the incident occurred.