Perewari Benjamin, the leader of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Bayelsa, has been arrested by the police on charges of both murder and robbery.
The Police gave the police gave the names of the other seven suspects as Asari Enagob, 400-level student; Suoguai Bina, 500 level student; Ibe Ogbonna, 300 level; Igbanibo Tari, 400 level; Ekperi Kenneth, 400 level Kemefie Ebimene, 200 level, all of the Niger Delta University.
Chukwuma Lawrence, an HND2 student of Imo State Polytechnic is reportedly the eighth suspect.
The event that led to the death of the student according to Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Asuquo Amba took place at the at the Zone B election for coordinators of NANS at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, between November 25 and November 26.
‘‘It was a situation whereby students representing universities and higher institutions in the South-South Zone degenerated to the use of firearms that led to the death of a student. The students also involved themselves in robbery against innocent citizens.
“This leaves one to wonder about the future of our great nation. The development calls for a drastic action to curb this menace and a complete reorientation of our youths.
Amba lamented the students’ involvement in criminal activities saying they were supposed to be role models in the society.
He added that three drivers, Ayo Kehinde, Jamiu Salahudeen and Nwanya Chinonso reported to the Police on Sunday, November 26 that the NANS president and his colleagues hijacked their vehicles and robbed them at gunpoint.
The Police commissioner said the police recovered arms and ammunition from the students (robbers) such as two locally-made single barrelled pistols; two live ammunition; five 9mm live ammunition and some charms.