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Tears as family bury student killed by herdsmen

​AN 18 -year-old student of the Ambrose Ali University , Ekpoma, Collins Ojeriakhi , who was killed by a gang of armed men , suspected to be herdsmen in the Esan South -East Local Government Area of Edo State, has been buried .

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AN 18 -year-old student of the Ambrose Ali University , Ekpoma, Collins Ojeriakhi , who was killed by a gang of armed men , suspected to be herdsmen in the Esan South -East Local Government Area of Edo State, has been buried .

This was as the Commissioner of Police in the state , Mr. Johnson Kokumo , said that one person had been arrested in connection with the killing .

Kokumo also stated that investigation was ongoing to identify and arrest other members of the killer gang.

Ojeriakhi and two other persons, including a minor, had been reportedly shot dead by the armed men in Ugboha on March 16 .

Several other people were also said to have been injured during the attack.

The late Ojeriakhi , a first year student of Banking and Finance at the AAU, was said to be on his way from Uromi on a motorcycle when the assailants opened fire on him .

It was learnt that the youngest of the victims was returning from Lagos along with his mother and sibling on a motorcycle when he was shot.

It was also learnt that he later died in his mother ’ s arms after efforts to save his life proved abortive .

Governor Godwin Obaseki , who condemned the killings , had also ordered the arrest of the culprits within seven days .

However , family members and sympathisers wept as the body of the late undergraduate was interred in his father’ s compound located in Oyomon Quarters , Ineme-Ugboha, at about 5pm on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the burial was witnessed by some security agents, members of the Students ’ Union Government from AAU and classmates of the deceased .

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The father of the deceased , Mr. Festus Ojeriakhi , described his late son as a hardworking and peace -loving person who would be missed by his relatives and friends .

Ojeriakhi stated, “ The boy ( Collins) used the motorcycle to carry cassava for me from the farm four times in a day. He was very cool -headed , quiet and did not cause trouble .

“ It is too unfortunate and I miss him . I have even started clearing my farm , hoping that he would come home after his first semester to help me .

“ It was because of him that I tried to extend my farm . He was still growing with a lot of stamina and he loved school and farming . We used to farm together before I lost him . ”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police , Kokumo , said the suspect arrested in connection with the killings was still being profiled and he would be charged to court soon.

Kokumo added , “ We have arrested one person and the person will appear in court . We are investigating , profiling him . We want to ensure that we are able to lay hands on other members of the gang .”

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