On Thursday, September 14, a first-year student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra state, known as UNIZIK, lost her life in an unfortunate incident involving suspected cultists. The victim, identified as Uche Joevita Chigozirim, who belonged to the faculty of Health Sciences, succumbed to injuries inflicted by a stray bullet at Miracle Junction in Ifite, Awka.
An anonymous eyewitness recounted, “This girl Uche Joevita Chigozirim, a 100-level Student of the faculty of health Science was killed yesterday evening by a stray bullet shot by suspected cultists at the popular Miracle Junction. Please help us and let the world know the insecurity situation we are facing here in the Unizik environment and the state government is not doing anything to improve the situation.”
The lifeless body of the student was discovered at the crime scene, covered with banana leaves at the time of reporting.
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, termed it as a tragic event. He stated that preliminary information indicates a cult-related connection, and the police are collaborating with eyewitnesses to identify and possibly apprehend the culprits.
He remarked, “It is very unfortunate, preliminary information reveals that the incident is cult-related and we are already working with eyewitnesses to identify the perpetrators and possibly arrest them. Meanwhile, police operational positioning has been improved within Awka and patrols intensified.”