Less than eight months after he retried as a Mathematics lecturer, Omoruyi Igbagbon who worked in the mathematics department at the College of Education, Ekiadolor, near Benin, has been confirmed killed by gunmen.
The state Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident told newsmen on Sunday that one suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder, after the police operatives of Ugbowo division got a distress call at about 10.45 p.m. on Saturday that the Mathematics lecturer had been shot by gunmen.
“The operatives of the command rushed to the No. 21, Adolor College Road residence of the deceased and rushed him to University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where he later died. One of the suspects has been arrested and detained while the investigation has commenced,’’ the PPRO said.
NAN reported that a family source said the gunmen invaded the home of the deceased at about 8.10 p.m. on Saturday, and shot the deceased at close range before running away.
It was also reported few months ago, that a gang of suspected armed robbers shot dead a senior lecturer at the University of Benin, Dr Godwin Omofonwa, in Ugbowo, in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was gathered that the robbers, had invaded the residence of the university don in Evbuomore quarters in the early hours of the day. They were said to have shot Omonfonwa and dispossessed him and others of their belongings.
However, one of the armed robbers was said to have been killed during a gun duel with policemen, while five others fled. The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, said the deceased was the examination officer of the Faculty of Education.
He said, “It is a very big blow to the university; the vice-chancellor is saddened and commiserates with members of the family. We pray and hope that everybody puts hands together to support the government and the police.
“The police cannot perform magic; they work with information. Anybody who has useful information should give it to the law enforcement agencies so that they can comb the area and restore peace to the state.”