Student shot dead during graduation party


TRAGEDY struck after a female outgoing student of Auchi Polytechnic, Edo
State, Uloko Laurenta Apaume, was allegedly shot dead by a member of a
community vigilante group during a graduation party.

Sunday Vanguard learnt that Uloko, a banking and finance graduating
student, was accidentally shot by the vigilante member who was at the scene
to provide security for the celebrating students.

It was gathered that the students, after writing their last paper on Thursday,
had invited the vigilante members, as part of tradition, to help secure the
place for a party organised to celebrate the successful completion of their
Higher National Diploma (HND) programme.

An eyewitness narrated to Sunday Vanguard: “While the celebration was
going on, the vigilante member tried to fire his gun but failed. So he wanted
to inspect the gun to know why it did not fire only for the gun to go off in
the process. The bullet hit the girl in the process and she died before help
could come”.

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Johnson Kokumo,who
confirmed the incident, said it was a celebration that went awry adding that
it was not an intentional killing. “The vigilante men, according to the report of
the Divisional Police Officer on ground, had been invited by the students and
it was in the night.

“It was clearly a misadventure; it was not an intentional killing as there is no
record of any sort that there had been malice between the late student or any
student for that matter and the vigilante men. So, the vigilance man had an
accidental discharge so to say while the celebration was on,” he stated.

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