Barely two weeks after four undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) were murdered at Omuokiri-Aluu, three persons, including another student of the institution, have been shot dead at Choba, one of the university’s host communities.
Also killed in the Thursday night incident were the student’s girlfriend and a young man who had just completed his national service in Port Harcourt.
There is uneasy calm in UNIPORT’s host communities, especially Omuokiri-Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers State, over threats of reprisals by kinsmen of the four students who were lynched on October 5.
The three latest victims were shot at close range at about 10 p.m. on Thursday by unknown gunmen driving a sport utility vehicle (SUV).
The names of the victims were unavailable at press time.
It was learnt that the deceased persons had gone out for a drink to celebrate the passing out of the NYSC member, but on their way back, rammed into a shop with their car.
It was gathered that the owner of the shop accosted the occupants of the car.
An argument soon ensued between the two parties and in a matter of minutes, the gunmen arrived the scene and opened fire on the trio.
They then zoomed off without taking anything from their victims.
The Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, Ben Ugwuegbulam, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the incident, but said he had no details.
The Deputy Registrar (Information) of the university, Dr. Williams Wodi, in a telephone interview, said: “After the protest of October 8, UNIPORT was shut on October 9. I am not in a position to comment on students who ought to be in their parents’ homes. We are awaiting police reaction.”