A final-year student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) simply known as Mayor has been shot dead by suspected gunmen.
The student was killed on Monday night at his hostel located within the main campus of the varsity in Ugbowo.
Benedicta Ehanire, the varsity’s public relations officer, confirmed Mayor’s death to newsmen on Tuesday.
Ehanire, in a statement, condemned the incident, adding that the institution would work with security operatives to bring those behind it to book.
“The management of the University of Benin has condemned the brutal and sad killing of a final year male student, known mostly as ‘mayor’ (real name withheld) on the night of Monday 3rd April, 2023,” the statement reads.
“The gruesome shooting occurred in one of the halls of Residence and was carried out by yet to be identified gunman.
“While commiserating with the family and colleagues of the late student, management enjoins other students to be calm as the Police as well as other security agencies are working hard to fish out and arrest the culprit.
“Management is also working closely with the internal security units in ensuring that such dastardly incident does not occur again within the university’s premises.”
A source at the institution said, the deceased was shot multiple times by the attackers.
“He was shot more than once, it’s not a good sight to behold,” the source said.