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Police arrest undergraduate for shooting Bayelsa varsity student dead during lecture

A 300-level Accounting undergraduate of the Niger Delta University, African Innocent, has been arrested for allegedly shooting to death a fellow student of the institution, James Okunmakpeye, at a lecture hall on Wednesday.

The spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the Okunmakpeye’s death, adding that the command had mobilised men to beef up security in the school.

Butswat stated, “When our teams were alerted, we responded swiftly and one suspect, African Innocent, a 300-level Accounting undergraduate of the institution, is in custody.

“The victim, James Okunmakpeye, was shot in the head at close range and he was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. We have beefed up security on the campus and we are going to arrest more suspects involved in the murder.”

WITHIN NIGERIA recall that the deceased, Okunmakpeye, a student of marketing at the Faculty of Management Science was shot in the head at close range and the bullet tore through the right eye at about 11am while standing by the door of a class during lectures.

An eyewitness said ”we were in the lecture and at a point everywhere was quiet, the next noise was a gunshot, we all had to scamper for safety first before we came back to see who was shot.”

The NDU Public Relations Office, Ingezi Idoni, who confirmed the incident said “the culprit after carrying out the dastardly act ran towards the Ogunbiri side of the institution where the perimeter fencing has failed and escaped. We are using this opportunity to call on the State Government to assist the Institution in the completion of the perimeter fencing of the institution to assist in proper security of lives and property of the institution.”

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