Edo Police Arrest Two UNIBEN Students Over Alleged Drowning Of Final Year Colleague

Two students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Samson Kennedy, a 200level student of Biochemistry and Wilfred Emmanuel, a 500-level student of Optometry have been arrested by Edo State Police Command for allegedly taking their colleague, 23-years-old, Francis Aniude (a final year student of Department of Chemistry) to Ekosodin River, where he was said to have been drowned.

The duo, who were neighbours with Aniude, were said to have invited him to the Ekosodin River for sightseeing on the 29th of June,2023, where he was allegedly drowned by the duo, who ran back to the school campus to raise the alarm after the incident.

An account from a student of the Department of Chemistry, who does not want his name in print said, “Francis was drowned in the Ekosodin River, located in an off-campus community near the school and was declared missing, but his body was recovered by local divers in the community on Saturday, July 1.

“The discovery of blood on his lips and peeled skin around his neck region raised suspicion amongst family members and relatives who are demanding an autopsy,” he said.

Confirming the report, the Spokesperson to the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor said the duo were arrested to help the police in investigating the circumstances behind the death.

“The case has been reported long ago at the Ugbowo Police Station. Eventually, the Divisional Police Officer and his men led a team of local divers to the scene of the incident, luckily enough, they were able to recover the body.