Police arrest IMSU student for allegedly stabbing final year FUTO counterpart to death

A 300-level student of Imo State University (IMSU) identified as Francis Marvelous, has been arrested by the operatives of Imo state Police Command.

Marvelous, 21, who hails from Ehime-Mbano LGA of Imo state was said to have killed a final year student of the Federal University of Technology Owerri.

In a release issued on Friday by the Command, the suspect was arrested after a distress call received by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of of FUTO, retired DSP Patrick Egwu.

The release signed by the Command’s Spokesman, Henry Okoye, disclosed that police operatives on convoy patrol promptly arrested the suspect who was almost lynched at the scene by angry mob.

It reads, “operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a 300-level student of Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri named Francis Marvellous ‘m’, 21yrs, who hails from Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State for allegedly stabbing to death Chinagorom Marvellous Kingsley ‘m’, 22yrs, who is a final year student of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) and a member the University’s Man O’ War Unit.

“The arrest was sequel to a swift response to a distress call received from the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of FUTO, retired DSP Patrick Egwu, by police operatives on convoy patrol who promptly arrested the suspect who was almost lynched at the scene by an angry mob. The body of the victim was recovered and rushed to Federal Medical Center, Owerri where he was confirmed dead and deposited at the mortuary. 

“On interrogation the suspect confessed to the crime, admitting that he had a heated argument with personnel of the University’s Man O’ War Unit on 29/03/2024 at about 2200hrs during which he brought out a knife he neatly concealed in his trousers and stabbed the victim to death. He mentioned three others who were with him during the fight. They include his brother Francis Promise, Prince and a man popularly known as Soji. 

“Efforts are on top gear to arrest the suspects at large and ascertain their involvement in the case. The suspect(s) will be arraigned in court upon completion of a comprehensive investigation by the State Criminal Investigation Department SCID.

“The Command therefore, is using this medium to dispel the false narratives making the rounds on social media that the victim was stabbed to death by Hausa Fulani/Northern, warning that the misinformation is the handiwork of mischief makers who want to provoke unnecessary intertribal conflict between the good people of Imo State and the Northerners residing in the State.”

The CP, Aboki Danjuma has however directed the deputy commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department to take charge of the case and ensure that the suspects involved in this case and purveyors of fake news are arrested made to face the full wrath of the law. 

The Command further called on the general public, particularly the staff and students of FUTO to go about their lawful business as adequate security measures have been implemented to forestall any future occurrences and warned the students of FUTO to refrain from taking laws into their hands as investigation is in progress to bring the culprits to book.

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