Yet-to-be-identified gunmen have killed and set ablaze two persons in Imo
State Polytechnic, Uwuagwo, in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of
the state (formerly, Michael Okpara College of Agriculture).
The incident reportedly happened in the early hours of Wednesday at a
students’ hostel in Mgbirichi, an adjoining town to the campus.
Our correspondent gathered that some hoodlums were said to have
attacked and killed Onumajuru Chibueze and his visiting friend, Chris
Ukpabi, at the Infinity Hostel.
Onumajuru reportedly worked at the institution’s School of Environmental
Sciences as a typist, while Ukpabi has recently graduated from the
Department of Office, Technology and Management.
Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Mr.
Darlington Oparaocha, said the double murder happened outside the
He confirmed that one of the victims had finished his final exams
since 2014, but he had not finished with his clearance exercise.
Oparaocha said, “Whether they (victims) can be called graduates of the
Polytechnic, I cannot tell; and whether they were killed by either armed
robbers or cultists, I cannot also tell.
“This is because the ugly incident happened in the wee hours of the fateful
He said he was aware of a robbery incident in one of the hostels adjacent
to the Infinity Lodge.
Efforts by our correspondent to get more information about Onumajuru
from the School of Environmental Sciences proved abortive, as no staff
volunteered to talk.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew,
confirmed the incident.
He said, “We have the report of the inhuman act. Presently, we are
investigating the matter, with a view to ascertaining the circumstances that
led to the deaths and the subsequent inferno that engulfed the two victims.