Authorities of the Imo State University (IMSU), have confirmed the killing of one of its students, Miss Divine Nwaneri by soldiers in the night of Sunday, April 25.
Nwaneri, a 100-level student of Soil Science and Biotechnology in the Facility of Agriculture was allegedly shot dead by the soldiers who were keeping guard at the Government House front gate in Owerri, the state capital.
The Public Relations Officer of IMSU, Ralph Njoku-Obi confirmed the story when contacted by our correspondent on Tuesday, April 27. He said the university community was deeply saddened by the death of the undergraduate.
Miss Nwaneri, who hailed from Umukam in Obollo community of Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state, was born on June 12, 1997.
Our correspondent learnt that the 24-year-old was riding in a Lexus IS 250 with plate number Lagos KSF 407 GT, with male friends when the incident happened.
It was learnt that the soldiers opened fire on the car and shot her and the male driver around 10 p.m, after they became suspicious of the intentions of the occupants.
They were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, but the undergraduate was confirmed dead on arrival while her male friend was still alive as of the time of filing this report.
The Army Public Relations Officer of 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Capitan Babatunde Zubairu, could not be reached.
Our correspondent observed on Monday night that the car in which she was driving before her untimely demise, was still parked in front of the Imo State Government House.
Meanwhile, the president of the Students Union Government of IMSU, Arinze Oguike, said they have made a formal request to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Peter Aka, demanding justice for the slain student.