POLICE FREES UNIABUJA STUDENTS WHO WATCHED WHILE THEIR 17-YR OLD FRIEND DROWNED

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has released from custody two suspects arrested in connection with the death of an undergraduate student of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Emmanuel Aigbokhalode Balogun.

Balogun, who was studying Computer Science in the university, was said to have drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel in Abuja, on May 10.

It was reported that the deceased student allegedly undertook an unauthorised outing with two of his friends from the same institution, who were said to have watched while Balogun drowned.

Following the tragic incident, detectives from the Maitama Division of the command, had arrested and detained the two students, while investigation continued.

Investigation has revealed that the police have since released the suspects from detention, even as the deceased’s body has been buried.

Confirming the release yesterday, the acting FCT Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Danjuma Gajere, said the duo was released at the instance of the late Balogun’s parents.

“Yes (they have been released). The reason was that the parents said that when they watched the CCTV, they found out that they (the suspects did not have a hand) in the death of their colleague.

“So, they said that they don’t want a case, they don’t want anything; they should just give them the body (of their son) to go and bury, according to Islamic rites.“That was the reason they were released.”
Asked if an autopsy was carried out on the body, he said: “No, there was no autopsy, since there was no case.”

Management of the university, while commenting on the development, had alleged that the deceased and his friends did not get permission to embark on the ill-fated outing.

The Senior Assistant Registrar, Maryam Mohammed, in a statement on behalf of the institution, was reported to have said: “Students are allowed to organise private parties in the halls of residence any time before 11p.m. with the permission of the hall administrator. It is clear that the university has put in place an enabling environment for the social activities of our students on both campuses.

“These rules and regulations were clearly spelt out and emphasised to the new students during the orientation exercise for fresh students.”
Management sadly notes that in this case, no authorisation was sought or given.”

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