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W-H-O-D-U-N-I-T: 100-Level female undergraduate bathed with acid

*Father cries for help

By Umar Yusuf

Yola – Security operatives and authorities of the Federal University of Technology Yola in Adamawa State have swung into action to unravel the circumstances behind an acid attack on a female undergraduate of the university.   The lady, a  25-year- old 100 level student of Economics, Miss Franca Ogbu, is presently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Center, Yola.

Franca’s face and head as well as other parts of her body is completely burnt and disfigured as she lie speechless in her amenity ward of the hospital.   But, the big question that has remained unanswered now is, who is responsible for the wicked attack?.   Was the attack connected with cultism now rampart in tertiary institutions across the country?.   Was the attack a resultant effect of a misunderstanding between the victim and some of her perceived enemies?

The Vice- chancellor of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), in Yola,  Professor Bashir Haruna Usman told Crime Alert in his office that it was the first time the university is recording such an ugly incident in its 25 years of existence.    The vice chancellor, who was visibly disturbed over the incident, gave an assurance that perpetrators of the heinous act will surely be brought to book.

Miss Franca Ogbu, the victim

Giving a vivid account of how the incident happened, the information and protocol officer of the university, Mallam Mustafa Migawa told Crime Alerts that the victim of the acid attack, Franca Ogbu, along with three of her colleagues, were holding their private studies when the attackers approached them.   Quoting the colleagues of the victim, Migawa stated that the attacker came from a dark corner and pretended to be a passerby when he hauled a container of acid on Franca .

“Moments after the attack, all the four students, including Franca were unconscious until security men on campus were alerted” he disclosed.

He added that the other three students who sustained minor injuries were since treated and discharged from hospital.   The chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola,  Dr. Aliyu Danburam disclosed that the chance of survival of the victim is good as the attack is not live threatening.   Danburam added that the lady is to undergo surgery to prevent her from being disfigured but expressed regret that the hospital lack plastic surgeons.

The father of the victim, Mr. Ogbu Adema Paul, a serving civil servant in Benue state, who was by the bedside of Franca when Crime Alert visited the hospital could not hold back tears as he wept profusely.   He expressed shock  over the attack on his daughter, but was confident that security agents will be able to fish out the attackers.   Ogbu appealed to kind-hearted Nigerians to come to his aid in the treatment of his daughter and commended the authorities of the University for the concern shown over the quick recovery of his daughter.


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