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The late Divine Nwaneri
Soldiers guarding Imo State Government House who on Sunday night allegedly shot to death an undergraduate of the Imo State University, Divine Nwaneri, and wounding the driver of the vehicle in which she rode with her friends, took to their heels after their dastardly act.
Twenty-four-year-old Divine Nwaneri, who hailed from Umukam in Obollo community in Isiala Mbano LGA, was a first year student of Soil Science and Biotechnology in the faculty of Agriculture of the Imo State University, Owerri.
The deceased was shot dead when soldiers on duty at the Government House along Okigwe Roundabout opened fire on the vehicle in which she was riding with her friends, a Lexus 250 with number plate, Lagos KSF 407 GT, at about 10pm on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers quickly fled the scene of the incident after the shooting, abandoning their victims in the in the vehicle until the father of the deceased came and rushed them to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where the IMSU undergraduate was confirmed dead while the driver who had sustained severe gunshot injuries survived.
Said Arinze Oguike, IMSU SUG president, a chat with reporters in Owerri: “We got a call that one of our students was shot dead by the military at Imo State Government roundabout. We made inquiry and found one of the eyewitnesses. She told us that the military shot them at Imo State Government House area. Unfortunately, the driver and Divine were affected.
“The father to the driver of the vehicle was contacted and he quickly arrived. They were evacuated to FMC, Owerri. On reaching the FMC, it was confirmed that the girl had died.
“We have made a formal demand to VC that the military who killed our student be identified and arrested. We have also asked that the medical personnel on duty be arrested for professional negligence. These are our demands”.
Although the vehicle in which the undergraduate was killed was still parked in front of the Government House as at the time of this report, Imo State police spokesperson Orlando Ikeokwu, said he had not been formally briefed about the incident.
The Army Public Relations Officer of 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Capitan Babatunde Zubairu said he had not been communicated about the incident.