5, not 13 students, died in Kogi varsity killings, say police

The police in Lokoja, on Wednesday, said five students and not 13, as earlier reported, were killed at the Kogi State University, Ayingba.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP William Aya, made the clarification in Lokoja, the state capital, on Wednesday.

Aya, in a statement, listed the casualties to include Justice Keke, a 300-level student of the department of physics, who was killed on the campus after a theatre production on November 1.

He also said that a yet-to-be-identified body was found in an uncompleted building behind the university on November 2.

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The police spokesman said that Andrulraman Usman, a 200-level student of the department of history was killed at his father’s lodge on November 3.

“On November 3, two bodies, identified as that of Olaruntoba Godwin, a 400-level student of the department of geography and planning and Ajileye Richard, a 200-level student of Accounting, were seen inside the bush behind Harbor Bay Hotel.

“These give a total of five persons killed and not 13 as reported by a section of the media,” Aya said.

He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Akeem Busari, had urged the citizens to disregard the misleading reports and be focused on how to ensure lasting peace.

Busari also assured people of the police’s readiness to provide a secure environment for all eligible voters to exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation and molestation during the November 16 governorship election.

He also promised that the police would deal decisively with any political thug or hoodlum who might want to disrupt the electoral process.

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