The leader of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Bayelsa State chapter, and seven other undergraduates have been arrested by the Bayelsa State Police Command for alleged murder of a student.
The Bayelsa NANS leader, Perewari Benjamin, a 400-level student of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, alongside his accomplices were arrested after a driver reported the case to operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad.
The suspects are Asari Enagob, 400 level; Suoguai Bina, 500 level; Ibe Ogbonna, 300 level; Igbanibo Tari, 400 level; Ekperi Kenneth, 400 level; Kemefie Ebimene, 200 level, Chukwuma Lawrence.
The state Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, parading the suspects lamented the involvement of the students in the alleged murder, adding that they were arrested after a driver whom they assaulted and hired his bus without paying flagged down a a patrol van of operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad around the area.
On the incident that led to the death of the unnamed student of the Federal University, Otuoke, Amba said, “The incident occurred at the Zone B Election for Coordinators of NANS at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, between November 25 and November 26.
“On November 26, three drivers – Ayo Kehinde, Jamiu Salahudeen and Nwanya Chinonso – reported to the police that the suspects (students) hijacked their vehicles and robbed them at gunpoint.
Students representing universities and higher institutions in the South-South Zone resorted to the use of firearms, which led to the death of the student. The students also involved themselves in robbery against innocent citizens.
“This leaves one to wonder about the future of our great nation. The development calls for a drastic action to curb this menace and a complete reorientation of our youths.”
The police recovered arms and ammunition from the suspects, including two locally-made single-barrelled pistol; two live ammunition; five 9mm live ammunition and some charms.