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Cultists shoot, butcher final year student in UNN

Thursday, 23 March 2017


From Patrick Egwu, Enugu

A final year student of the department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Joseph Emmanuel, has been murdered by suspected cultists at the school.

The incident it was gathered, happened at Ugwoke Lodge, located at Hilltop, an off campus accommodation some few meters away from the University.

The victim, was in company of his friends at his residence when the suspected cultists, numbering about three and armed with guns and machete, stormed his home and gave him several machete cuts before shooting him twice in the head.

One of his friends whose identity was not immediately known and who was with him in the room when the incident happened, was shot in the back but managed to escape with his injuries.

Mr Emmanuel was immediately taken to the University of Nigeria Medical Center and later transfered to Bishop Shanahan hospital in Nsukka where he was confirmed dead.

Meanwhile, the status of his friend who was shot in the back and taken to an undisclosed hospital in Enugu is yet to be established.

A friend of the deceased who pleaded for anonymity, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the deceased was the one who introduced him to the ponzi scheme, MMM.

"It's quite sad. I know him very well. I have known him for quite some time now. In fact, he was the one that even introduced me to join MMM. He was my guider. I don't know what could have led to this", he said.

When asked about the personality and character of the deceased when he was alive, he said he was social but lived a lavish lifestyle.
Another resident in the area who simply gave his name as Mark, said the murder could be a retaliatory attack by rival cult gangs.

"This Sunday, they shot somebody at that gate over there. This may be a revenge mission", he said.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Ebere Amarizu, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations and manhunt for the suspects have begun.

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