There was pandemonium over the weekend in Umun­gasi in Aba, Abia State, following the shooting of a student of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, by gunmen.

The student, whose name could not be ascertained as at press time was said to be a native of Ndume Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Gov­ernment Area of the state.

This is coming barely two months after a worker of the polytechnic from Umungasi, Umuahia North Local Gov­ernment was murdered near his father’s house within the city.

It was learnt that the student was returning from school on the fateful day and on reaching Immacu­late Avenue, off Aba-Owerri Road, just few metres away from the polytechnic, he was accosted by a group of boys, who exchanged words with him (student).

The assailants were said to have fled from the scene un­challenged immediately after committing the dastardly act.

The motive of the hoodlums could not be ascertained but there were beliefs in some quarters that the assassina­tion could be the handiwork of cultists.

The student was said to have been immediately rushed to the Abia State Teaching Hospital (AB­SUTH), Aba by some good Nigerians where he was con­firmed dead and the body, deposited at the hospital’s mortuary.

When contacted, the Po­lice Public Relations Offi­cer, Geoffrey Ogbonna con­firmed the incident, adding that efforts were in place to make sure that the culprits were brought to book.

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