Three students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Agbani were on Friday night, September 26, 2014 shot and wounded by suspected armed robbers who invaded their hostel.
The wounded students were rushed to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu for treatment.
The father of one of the students said his son was undergoing surgery at the hospital and is in critical condition. He added that his son was shot in the stomach and it was suspected that some bullets were lodged in his abdomen which doctors were battling to remove.
The two other students who were shot are also in critical condition undergoing surgery at the hospital while efforts were being made to contact their parents.
The Unique Hostel, where the incident occurred and other hostels within the Agbani permanent site of the university, according to a source, have been placed under security watch as it was suspected that the gunmen could be members of a secret cult.
To forestall a reprisal attack, the source said, the management had taken measures to beef up security at the hostels with plain-clothes policemen deployed to strategic locations.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the attack, said preliminary investigations revealed that the gunmen could be “student-robbers”, assuring that the police would do everything to get to the root of the matter.