Uniben Entrance

By Rashidat Akashat

Management of the University of Benin, Benin city, Edo State, has started an inquest into the alleged stabbing of a student of the institution by a colleague.

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The management has also vowed in a statement on Friday, to sanction the erring party at the end of the investigation.

It was gathered that on Wednesday night, in one of the hostels in Margaret Ekpo Hall, Ekehuan campus of the institution, a student identified simply as Heritage was stabbed five times in the head, by her colleague Becky Oseye following an arguement over a ‘wrapper’.

According to reports, Heritage was deeply wounded that her friends had to rush her to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where she is being treated.

Oseye, a 200-level student of Mass Communication department, was later arrested by the personnel of the institutions’s security unit, after they were alerted by student’s in the hostel.

A Punch correspondence gathered from a female student who pleaded anonymity that rumours making rounds after the incident has it that Heritage was not actually stabbed but hit her head on a bunk.

Stabbed UNIBEN Student, Heritage

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Nkombe, told Punch that they have not received any report of the incident.

“I am not aware of the matter. I have not been briefed,” he said.

Meanwhile, the university’s PRO, Michael Osasuyi, described the incident as condemnable, adding that the institution gives no room for any act of indiscipline.

The institution’s PRO said, “We know that the student was stabbed. They had an argument. But the school does not condone any form of indiscipline; the school does not even allow you to slap a student, not to talk of inflicting an injury.

“The school will take the necessary action. The moment it (incident) happened, we informed the school’s security department.”

Osasuyi said that “when the need arises”, during Heritage’s recovery process, the institution would involve men of the Nigerian Police.

“In life, there are stages, so we will take it stage by stage. She (victim) is responding to treatment. The school will take the necessary actions and all that needs to be done will be done,” he added.