A female student of Benue State College of Education in Oju Local Government Area nearly lost her life following the recklessness of a trigger-happy soldier serving in the state, after he was said to have shot her in her chest region.
According to Idoma Voice, the lady was sitting in front of her room at Lawani hostel, located outside the campus, when she was shot by the military officer reported to be a Corporal.
Reports revealed that the shooting incident was sequel to an existing problem between the trigger-happy soldier and a male student identified as Anthony. The student, Anthony, was alleged to have an issue with a female student who is said to be the soldier’s girlfriend, and the soldier went with some of his colleagues in order to forcefully take Anthony to their camp called ‘Operation Zenda Base’ in the town, but other students prevented the forced abduction of one of their colleague, which led to the shooting of the girl.
A student who was an eye-witness had this to say:
“For that reason, the soldier on Thursday afternoon, stormed the institution to whisk Anthony to the ‘Operation Zenda’ base in Oju, but fellow students resisted the move. He was asked to get an approval from the institution’s management before taking the student away.
“At that point the angry soldier went away, promising to come back. That evening, the soldier went back to the institution with some of his colleagues to abduct the said Anthony but were resisted by students in the institution who also aided Anthony to escape.
“Vexed by the action of the students the soldier opened fire with his riffle and the innocent girl who was sitting by the door of her room got hit at the side of her chest.
“She was rushed to Adoga Hospital in Oju where she was given two pints of blood because she had lost so much blood and thereafter rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), for further treatment because the bullet could not be extracted and her condition was deteriorating.
“As I speak, we cannot ascertain the condition of the student but the Army Corporal has been arrested by the Police in Oju and transferred to the Command Headquarters in Makurdi”.