A University of Benin final-year student, simply identified as Desmond, as been shot dead on Monday by unidentified assailants in his room at the Hall 3 Hostel in what seemed to be a cult-related incident.

The late student, who was known by the nickname “Mayor,” was reportedly a student in the Department of Public Administration when he was shot on Monday at around 9 o’clock.

Students were alarmed by the situation. He was reportedly a Kegite chief before he was assassinated.

The victim was shot in the face at point-blank range, according to a student who asked to remain anonymous.

The student said, “The killing of Desmond has caused panic in the school. Students are even afraid to stay in the hostel. He was shot in the face and had no chance to survive the attack.”

As at the time of filing this report, it was gathered that his remains had been deposited in the mortuary at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

However, attempts to get a reaction from the school proved abortive as a WhatsApp message sent to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, was not replied to.

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