SSCE Candidate Murdered by Unknown Gunmen in Benue

A 17-year-old student identified as Charity Eze, has been murdered by unidentified gunmen in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The teenager, who is a student in St. Monica Girls Secondary School, Otukpo was shot in the head at about 10:30pm on Friday, June 10, 2022, at her father’s residence on No. 38 Idikwu Road.

The deceased had gone to retrieve her clothes which she had hung to dry earlier in the day when two men jumped over the fence and shot her on the forehead.

Charity’s younger sister identified as Rosemary reportedly witnessed the incident and ran back into the house to inform their father.

The assailants reportedly fled the scene after the murder.

The victim was writing the ongoing West African School Certificate (WASC) Examination and her last paper was on Tuesday.

The spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident.

“The death of the student is confirmed. It happened on Friday,” she said.

A family source who craved anonymity, said, “The younger sister who witnessed the incident reported that the gunmen on sighting [her], shot at her sister severally (sic) and thereafter told her that, ‘We have come for your father, and this is our message (pointing at the corpse of her sister)’ to her.”

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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