A police officer attached to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)

in Benin allegedly shot a 400-level student of the University of Benin on Thursday.

The student identified as Miss Juliana Martins is a student of the Department of Mass Communication in UNIBEN.

 She was one of the participants in the ongoing workshop of the Petroleum Industrial Act (PIA);

 an event organized by the NPDC.

Martins joined some other students at the gate of the NPDC

in a peaceful protest to demand unpaid allowances from the workshop.

Unfortunately, a police officer shot her in the leg by at the gate of the oil firm .

Emieye Romeo, spokesperson for the Niger Delta Students Union Government explained

to newsmen that the management of the NPDC did not fulfil agreements reached with participants over the workshop.

including transport fares and cash incentives, in addition to packs of laptops.

Romeo, who was the coordinator of the workshop, said the students on Wednesday protested in front of the gate of the company over the issues and asked to return the following day.

Emieye narrated,

 “While we were still at the gate demonstrating peacefully, a police officer identified as Emmanuel, who was attached to the company, started shooting sporadically, despite warnings from his superior not to do so.

“In the process, a 400-level student of the University of Benin was hit in her leg and was subsequently taken to a hospital for medical attention.”

He called on the state Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, to sanction the said policeman to serve as a deterrent to others.

However, discreet investigations are still on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the event.

Hence, the police has not made charges.


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