Students demand prosecution of killer-soldiers over Imo undergraduate’s death

Students of the Imo State University, Owerri, have asked the Chief of Army to identify and prosecute the soldiers, who allegedly shot dead one of their colleagues, Divine Nwaneri, on Sunday in front of Imo State Government House in Owerri.

Nwaneri, 24, was allegedly shot dead by suspected military men, who were guarding the Government House, while the victim and her friends were driving through the area.

The killing of the 100-level student of Soil Science and Biotechnology has since attracted condemnation from members of the public.

On Tuesday, the Students’ Union Government and National Association of Agricultural Students, IMSU, condemned Nwaneri’s killing.

They described the killing of the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area born undergraduate as provocative, unwarranted and condemnable.

They called on the military and the ministers of Defence and Education to ensure that Nwaneri got justice.

The SUG President of the university, Arinze Oguike, said the students were demanding that the trigger-happy soldiers be identified and prosecuted.

The student leader also stated that the students demanded that the medical personnel at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, who played “negligent” roles when the deceased was rushed there, be arrested.

Oguike said, “We totally regret the loss of our beloved sister, Miss Divine Nwaneri, who was murdered in cold blood by men of the Nigerian Army on April 25, 2021.

“We call on men of goodwill, including the Chief of Army Staff, the Vice-Chancellor of the Imo State University, and the ministers of Defence and Education to ensure that Divine gets justice even in death. This is one death too many.”

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