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Two UNIBEN students arrested over the drowning of fellow student in Edo river

23-year-old final year student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Francis Aniude, has allegedly drowned in Ekosodin River, located in Ekosodin community near the Ugbowo campus of the institution.

According to Daily Trust, two students, Samson Kennedy, a 200-level student of Biochemistry and Wilfred Emmanuel, a 500-level student of Optometry, who invited the deceased to the river, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The duo, who were said to be the neighbours with the deceased were alleged to have on June 29, invited him to Ekosodin River for a swim, where he allegedly dr@wned.

The duo, after the deceased drowned, ran back to Ekosodin community to seek help but the deceased died before help could come his way.

The corpse of the Chemistry student was recovered from the river on Saturday, July 1 by local divers after he was declared missing.

The recovery happened after the incident had been reported at BDPA Ugbowo Police Station by vigilante.

A source within the institution said the two students were arrested following the discovery of blood on the deceased’s lips and peeled skin around his neck region, which raised suspicion amongst family members and relatives who are demanding for an autopsy.

Spokesperson of the Edo State Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident, said the duo were arrested to help the police in investigating the circumstances behind the d£ath.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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