Barely 24 hours after kidnapping an Edo State formost musician, Ambassador Joseph Osayomore, gun men struck again, killing a lecturer in the Department of Engineering of the University of Benin, Prof Paul Otasowie in Benin City, Edo State.
The university don was reportedly shot dead at the entrance to his house as he attempted to enter the house located Siluko Road, Benin City.
It was not clear if the gunmen set out to kill the professor of Engineering or they set out to assassinate him but eyewitnesses described the incident was a failed kidnap attempt.
News of the killing of the erudite professor threw the entire academic community of the University of Benin into mourning.
Spokesman of the Edo State police command DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed the killing to our correspondent, adding that three persons have been arrested. He said, “It was at about 8:46 pm.
The police received distress call about the sporadic shooting from someone in the neighbourhood.
“The police rushed in there and discovered that the lecturer had been shot [killed]. Nothing was removed from the car and there was no bullet in the body of the car.
“We are doing our best to ensure that the killers are arrested and also know the motive behind it.”
The spokesman for the University of Benin also, Michael Osasuyi, also confirmed the killing, describing the late Prof Otasowie as a hardworking and dedicated staff.
He described the death of the professor as a huge loss to the university community, adding that the deceased was a hardworking and dedicated staff.