BY FAITH OLANIRAN & FOLAJIMI ORINTUNSIN –  FUT MINNA

The calm atmosphere of Compton compound, a popular off-campus hostel for students of the Federal University of Technology, (FUT) Minna, located at 13 Zarumai Road along Bosso Road, was ruffled penultimate Saturday, as hoodlums suspected to be armed robbers, stormed the compound in an unsuccessful armed robbery operation, but leaving dead a 400 level student, Emmanuel Uduak.

According to a male student who lives in Compton compound, “the suspected armed robbers stormed the hostel at about 3.00am in their bid to rob a female student, whom they had trailed from campus to her hostel room that fateful day.

Another student who does not want his name in print said the hoodlums forced their way into the girl’s room by breaking her door.

He said: “The lady noticed flashes of light and some people flocking around her room, so when she called on one or two persons on their cell phone to tell them what she noticed, their lines were not going through, until she tried Uduak’s line, who picked the call and was coming out to verify the incident.

“As the hoodlums noticed a movement from Emmanuel’s end, they didn’t hesitate, but shot him and fled the compound immediately.”

This sad incident occurred during a two-week break to mark the end of the first semester. While many students  travelled home after the exams, some didn’t, especially some 400 level students who wanted to stay behind for the immediate commencement of their six months Industrial Training (IT). Other students also stayed back in school to do some extra-curricular activities.

Emmanuel Uduak until his death, was a 400 level student of Mechanical Engineering Department, and was popularly called ‘Cross’ by his friends.

Uduak had it in mind to travel a week earlier, but couldn’t owing to unknown reasons. The undergraduate, who was also to start his IT in some months time was known to be a peace-loving person and dedicated to his studies.

As at the time of filing this report, Compton compound which used to be a bubbling place either by the music played from various rooms within the compound or the occupants hanging outside the compound, has been deserted, even as the Police have invited the girl and one other student to assist in their investigations.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger State, Mr. Richard Oguche confirmed the incident, saying that the Police had since swung into action and promising to unravel those behind the act.

“We have launched a manhunt for the fleeing robbers and we are working hard towards arresting them”, he said.
Ever since the incident, many students have relocated to safer places.

Further investigation revealed that situations like this are usually what students experience when the school is on break. Some students of the university have at one time or the other experienced such robbery attacks.

Reports have it that students have always gone back to school after breaks to discover that their rooms had been burgled and reports made to appropriate quarters have yielded little or no results.

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