There was pandemonium in Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), Abakaliki, Ebonyi State as some aggrieved students attacked a gunman following a robbery operation and failed murder attempt on a student.
The incident which occurred in the evening of Wednesday, October 24, saw students engage in a jungle justice due to the incessant robbery within and outside the university community.
According to reports, the robber was said to have been apprehended while trying to escape in a tricycle at the schools’ entrance gate (take-off site).
It was also gathered that while trying to evade his pursuers (students), the gunman pulled the trigger but unfortunately missed the target as he was knocked down and beaten by the students.
One of the students of the university narrated his experience. He said; “what I passed through this evening is indeed a sad story. On my way home from school, I and six friends of mine were stopped by two armed men. But unfortunately, two persons from the group were robbed of their belongings.
“Due to what occurred, we gathered courage and followed them from the point we were stopped, around the schools main gate (permanent site), till we arrived at the other entrance gate where one of us identified one of the robbers trying to escape in a tricycle. Then, alarm was raised and we chased him for our belongings.
“In the process of a struggle, a gun shot was fired at me but luckily the target was poor. As he tried another attempt, I and my friends got hold of him and decided to proceed to the SUG office to resolve issues. But unfortunately, when students got wind of what transpired, they became agitated and pummeled the robber to the ground,” he said.
He further bemoaned the poor security measures around campus and questioned the security levy paid by students which doesn’t guarantee one’s safety.