Perewari Benjamin, a leader of the Bayelsa chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, and seven other undergraduates in connection with the murder of a student of the Federal University, Otuoke. Benjamin was paraded on Monday alongside, Asari Enagob, 400 level; Suoguai Bina, 500 level; Ibe Ogbonna, 300 level; Igbanibo Tari, 400 level; Ekperi Kenneth, 400 level; Kemefie Ebimene, 200 level, all of the Niger Delta University and Chukwuma Lawrence of Imo State Polytechnic, at the state police command headquarters in Yenagoa.
Asuquo Amba, the state Commissioner of Police, lamented the involvement of the students in the alleged murder, adding that they were arrested for armed robbery and suspected cult activities. He said on November 26, three drivers – Ayo Kehinde, Jamiu Salahudeen and Nwanya Chinonso – reported to the police that the suspects (students) hijacked their vehicles and robbed them at gunpoint. He claimed that the suspects robbed Kehinde of one Techno phone, valued at N10,000 and the sum of N50,000 cash, while they dispossessed Chinonso of N1,600 cash.
Amba said the police recovered arms and ammunition from the suspects, including two locally-made single-barrelled pistol; two live ammunition; five 9mm live ammunition and some charms.
On the incident that led to the death of the unnamed student of Federal University, Otuoke, Amba said, “The incident occurred at the Zone B Election for Coordinators of NANS at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, between November 25 and November 26.
“Students representing universities and higher institutions in the South-South Zone resorted to the use of firearms, which led to the death of the student. The students also involved themselves in robbery against innocent citizens.