A 200 level undergraduate student of political science department was shot dead at the weekend along Wilson Idiong street, close to the Obio Akpa campus of the University in Oruk Anam local government area of the state.
Eyewitness disclosed that the deceased attempted to resist unknown gunmen from snatching his phone before he was shot dead.
According to the report, the Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol of the University, Mr Akaninyene Ibanga, confirmed that when the incident happened, the victim was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment but later died.
“Late Emem was shot between the hours of 8.30 – 9pm at Wilson Idiong Street, off Ikot Okoro Road, Obioakpa, Oruk Anam Local Government Area in an attempt to resist unknown gunmen from snatching his phone.
“He was rushed immediately to the hospital for treatment which the University Management took over the hospital bills just to save his life but on Saturday late Emem could not survive the struggle with death, so he finally passed on at about 12.30pm.
Assuring the members of the University community of their safety despite the recent security challenges experienced in the campuses, he vehemently warned criminal elements to desist from any form of criminality within and outside the University community, adding that the University community was not a safe haven for criminals including cultism and other related social vices.
However, the management of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) sympathized with the bereaved family of one of their students, Late Emem Jimmy who was shot dead by a notorious gang of phone snatchers.
“The Vice-Chancellor hereby condoles with members of the family of the deceased. He also appealed to all members of the University Community to remain calm and continue with their normal businesses/duties while speedy effort is being made by the relevant law enforcement agencies to fetch out the perpetrators of this heinous act,” the statement read.