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  • News - South South - Edo
  • Updated: July 03, 2023

Police Arrest Two UNIBEN Students Over Friend's Death

Police Arrest Two UNIBEN Students Over Friend's Death

Two students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have been arrested by the Edo State Police Command over the death of their friend, Francis Anuide.

Samson Kennedy, a 200-level student of Biochemistry, and Wilfred Emmanuel, a 500-level student of Optometry were arrested after Anuide drowned in Ekosodin River, Benin, where the three students had gone swimming.

Kennedy and Emmanuel were said to have invited the deceased to swim in the river close to the Ugbowo campus of the University where he drowned.

The Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in Edo, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirming the arrest, said the two students were arrested to be of use to the police in investigating the circumstances surrounding Anuide death. 

Nwabuzor noted that the Divisional Police Officer and his men led a team of local divers to the scene of the incident after the case was reported at the Ugbowo Police Station, Benin.

“Luckily, they were able to recover the body. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.

“Two persons were arrested because they went together to swim in that river when the ugly incident occurred.

“Arresting them is very important so that we can know what made them leave their hostel and go to that river at that time and what happened right there in the river,” he explained.

According to sources who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the duo was arrested after the discovery of blood on the lips of the deceased and peeled skin around his neck.

The sources added that the discovery arouse suspicions among relatives of the deceased who were demanding an autopsy to be carried out. 

“After the deceased got drowned, the duo ran back to the Ekosodin community to seek help from the community and vigilante members but the deceased died before help could come his way,” one of the sources told NAN.

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