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TRAGEDY: UNILAG Undergraduate Fatally Shot By Robbers Over Stolen Phone

In a heartbreaking incident that occurred on Saturday, an undergraduate student of the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) lost his life to armed robbers in the Yaba area of Lagos State. The victim, identified as Adekunle, was fatally shot at Harvey Road, Moore Road Junction, while attempting to apprehend a thief who had stolen his friend’s iPhone 7 Plus.According to eyewitnesses at the scene, Adekunle and his fellow student, known simply as Opeyemi, had boarded a shuttle bus from Yaba with the intention of heading to the university campus. During their journey, an individual hanging onto the back of the bus snatched Opeyemi’s iPhone, prompting her to raise an alarm. Fueled by a sense of injustice, Adekunle valiantly pursued the culprit as he fled from the scene.However, as Adekunle closed in on the robber, an unexpected turn of events occurred. Another group of criminals, suspected to be accomplices of the fleeing thief, materialized and one of them swiftly fired a fatal shot at the 23-year-old undergraduate, striking him in the head. Tragically, Adekunle succumbed to his injuries on the spot.An eyewitness, speaking on condition of anonymity due to security concerns, recounted the harrowing incident. He revealed that the assailant fired the fatal shot at close range, leaving Adekunle motionless on the ground. The victim was later identified through an ATM card found in his possession, bearing the name Adekunle.Authorities swiftly responded to the distressing scene. The police arrived and subsequently transported Adekunle’s lifeless body to the morgue at Mainland Hospital. SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed that an investigation has been launched to apprehend the suspects involved in the attack. Hundeyin also noted that the victim’s family has been contacted, and the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, for a thorough and discreet inquiry.When approached for comment, the spokesperson for UNILAG, Adejoke Alaga-Ibrahim, declined to provide an immediate response over the phone. She urged the media to formally request a statement via email or arrange a meeting with the Dean of Students Affairs at the university.The tragic loss of Adekunle has sent shockwaves through the UNILAG community and highlights the growing concern over the safety of students in the city. As investigations continue, it is hoped that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will swiftly face justice, bringing solace to the grieving family and restoring a sense of security among students and residents alike.


Ademola Adeyemi

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