Obele Wilson, a final year engineering undergraduate student of Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University, Amasoma, was shot dead by an armed robbery gang which attacked a new generation bank along the Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
The armed robbers were said to have stormed the premises of the bank on Tuesday, June 28th, and held customers hostage, dispossessing them of their cash, mobile phones and other valuables but on getting to Wilson, a native of Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, an argument ensued between him and the robbers, they became furious and gunned him down.
The deceased, who was in the bank premises when the gang broke in, was reported to be helping admission seekers process NDU screening forms for a fee.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deceased was at the bank to sell forms to admission seekers. The source said:
“The killing of Wilson is very painful. He was a final year engineering student who was in the business of processing screening forms for admission seekers.
“He was on the premises of the bank on Tuesday to look for customers among those who had purchased the forms.
“Some armed robbers stormed the place and started collecting people’s valuables and cash at gunpoint.
“Wilson argued with them and in the process, they shot him.”
The source added that after the shooting, some sympathisers tried to rush him to a hospital but he died on the way. He blamed the unfortunate occurrence on the ongoing strike in the university saying:
“If not for the strike, Wilson would have gone for his compulsory industrial training for final year engineering students. He was processing the training when the strike started.”
Before his death, Obele Wilson was the immediate past Vice-President of the National Union of Bayelsa State Students and a leader of the Ogbia students’ union.