Police recover body of drowned UNIBEN student, arrest 2 suspects


The Edo Police Command has taken two students of the University of Benin into custody following the death of their friend, Francis Anuide. The incident occurred at Ekosodin river in Benin, where the three friends had gone to swim. The arrested students have been identified as Samson Kennedy, a 200-level student of Biochemistry, and Wilfred Emmanuel, a 500-level student of Optometry. According to reports, the deceased was invited by his two friends for a swimming outing near the Ugbowo campus of the University, where he tragically drowned. The police investigation will aim to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, has confirmed the arrest of Samson Kennedy and Wilfred Emmanuel in connection with the death of Francis Anuide. Nwabuzor stated that the duo was apprehended to aid the police in investigating the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. He further explained that after the incident was reported at the Ugbowo Police Station in Benin, the Divisional Police Officer and his team, accompanied by local divers, went to the scene and successfully recovered the body. The case has now been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations. The two individuals were arrested as they were present at the river when the tragic incident occurred.

The arrest of Samson Kennedy and Wilfred Emmanuel is crucial for determining the circumstances that led to their departure from their hostel and their presence at the river where the incident occurred. The discovery of blood on the lips of the deceased and peeled skin around his neck region has raised suspicion among the victim’s family members and relatives. They are now demanding an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death. According to sources, after Francis Anuide drowned, Samson Kennedy and Wilfred Emmanuel sought help from the Ekosodin community and local vigilante members, but unfortunately, the deceased passed away before assistance could reach him. The ongoing investigation aims to shed light on the sequence of events and provide clarity regarding the tragic incident.

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