The Imo State University community has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of two students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, who were murdered in cold blood by armed robbers on Kaduna-Jos Road while they were travelling.
Two other students of the institution reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries following the attack on Friday, August 12, 2016.
It was learnt that the victims identified as Joy Ihezie (400 level) and Faith Okeke (200 level) were travelling in a coastal bus alongside others to Jos, Plateau State, for a national conference of the National Fellowship of Christian Medical Laboratory Science Students, when the robbers ambushed them around Mararaba junction, three kilometres to their destination.
Punch reports that the robbers who were armed to the teeth opened fire on the students after the driver of the coastal bus tried to speed off after he ran into them.
An IMSU student, who announced the deaths on the social media, said the university community had been thrown into mourning.
He wrote: “The entire Faculty of Health Sciences of the Imo State University, Owerri, has been thrown into mourning following the death of two of its medical laboratory science students while on their way to a national conference in Jos. The students were travelling from Owerri (Imo State) to Jos to attend a national conference of the National Fellowship of Christian Medical Laboratory Science Students when they were attacked around the border between Kaduna and Jos.
“Two of the students were shot dead on the spot, while many were seriously injured.”
The spokesperson for IMSU, Mr. Ralph Njokuobi, confirmed the attack to our correspondent, adding that those injured were responding to treatment.
He said the corpses of the deceased students would arrive in Owerri on Sunday.
He said, “They left the school on Thursday in a costal bus. I learnt the incident happened in the wee hours of Friday when they were about three kilometres to Jos. We learnt from the driver of the bus that they ran into the robbers. Some people were already being robbed on the highway. We lost two of the students and two others – a male and a female – were injured; they are responding to treatment. They will be back in Owerri today (Sunday).”
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