An ex member of the National Youth Service Corps, an undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt and a young woman were attacked and shot dead by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, on Thursday.
The incident, which took place at Rumuotakara, near the campus of
UNIPORT in the Choba area, is coming on the heels of the gruesome murder
of four undergraduates of the university on Oct. 5, 2012.
We gathered that the former corps member, who had passed out on
Thursday after completing the compulsory National Youth Service, was
celebrating with his friends when the car conveying them suddenly
skidded off the road and ran into a shop.
Although no life was lost in the crash, an argument was said to have
ensued between the owner of the shop and the occupants of the car.
At that point, a group of men appeared on the scene in a Sport
Utility Vehicle and opened fire on the ex corps member and his
“The corps member and his friends were drunk while driving and their
vehicle ran into a shop. There was a serious argument between them and
the owner of the shop.
“Within a short time, a group of men in an SUV came out and opened
fire on the three persons, who died on the spot. The gunmen immediately
drove away without any challenge,” an eyewitness told our correspondent.
However, the names of those killed by the gunmen could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.
In his reaction to the incident, the State Police Public Relations
Officer, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, said security agencies had begun
investigations into the matter.
Ugwuegbulam, who stated that the incident occurred around 9.30 pm,
said that those behind the killing of the ex-corps member,
student and one other person would be apprehended and brought to book.
Source: The Punch