Police launch probe into killing of Veritas University fresher at school gym

An immediate investigation into the death of a student at Veritas University in Abuja has been ordered by Benneth Igweh, the Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to family members of the deceased student, he was reportedly stabbed five times before passing away.

A statement by the Spokesman of FCT Command, SP Josephine Adeh said, “The CP has directed the Deputy Commissioner in charge of CID to conduct a discreet investigation on the matter. Further development will be communicated”.

The student, a 100-level computer science student identified as Joshua Èjuojo Daniel-Ejigbo, was earlier on Wednesday reported to have died while exercising at the campus gymnasium.

However, it was later discovered that he had five stab wounds on his back and his ribs, a development that was hidden from the family.

Sources in the school had disclosed that Daniel-Ejigbo died on Tuesday night after he slumped while exercising and started foaming in the mouth at about 9 p.m.

The university was said to have called his father to inform him about the incident of slumping and dying around 11 p.m. on the same Tuesday.

However, a human rights lawyer, Deji Adeyanju, who is representing the family, disclosed that the parents of the deceased student suspected foul play and gross negligence.

“The parents of the deceased student suspect foul play and gross negligence,” he said.

Family sources, speaking further alleged that they found five stab wounds on the back and ribs side of the deceased student.

“The school took him on the stretcher to Fatima Hospital, Mortuary, Bwari before we transferred the body to the mortuary at the National Hospital in Abuja.

“The body was prepared and handed over to the parent as if nothing happened.

“When we turned him over, blood started coming out of his mouth.”

Vanguard gathered that it was at this point that the Police were sent a distress complaint on the suspicious killing of the student.

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