Armed robbers have shot to death a final year engineering student of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Amasoma, Southern Ijaw.
Obele Wilson was attacked on the Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa, where some branches of new generation banks are located.
The bandits, who were armed with guns and other weapons, reportedly held hostage Wilson and some bank customers at about 2pm and started dispossessing them of their cash, mobile handsets and other valuables.
Prior to the incident, Wilson was said to be in the business of electronically processing NDU’s screening forms for admission seekers.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said the deceased student was at the spot to seek customers from persons who bought the NDU forms from banks.
He said: “The killing of Wilson was very painful. He was a final year engineering student who was in the business of processing screening forms for admission seekers.
“He was at the premises of the bank on Tuesday to look for customers from among those who purchased the forms. Some armed robbers stormed the place and started collecting people’s valuables and cash. Wilson was said to have argued with them. They shot him.”
The source said after the shooting, sympathisers tried to rush Wilson to an undisclosed hospital but he died before getting there.
Wilson was described by some friends as “an active youth” from Ogbia Local Government Area, immediate past Vice-President of the National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBSS), and leader of the Ogbia students union.
“Before now, this street was not like this. But now once its 7 to 8pm, you see people locking their shops which is not supposed to be”.