The Ekiti State Police Command has announced the arrest of 10 suspects in connection to the death of a student of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Modupe Deborah Atanda.
DSP Abutu Sunday, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, announced via the command’s handle on X (formerly Twitter).
Abutu said that the body of the 200-level Nursing student of the institution, who was declared missing within the school premises on September 5, was found in a shallow grave at a distance of about 30 meters behind the nursing Lecture Hall.
“This is to inform the general public that the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, CP Ogundare Dare, has ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the death of one Atanda Modupe Deborah, a 200-level Nursing student of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), who was declared missing within the school premises on 5/09/2023 but found dead in a shallow grave at a distance of about 30 meters behind the nursing Lecture Hall.”
Abutu promised that the Police would ensure the perpetrators of the crime face the full wrath of the law.
“While appealing to everyone to be calm, the commissioner vows that the command will do everything possible to unearth the identity of the perpetrator(s) and ensure they are made to face the full wrath of the law.
“The command encourages anyone with useful information concerning the ugly incident to visit Oye Divisional Police Headquarters, Oye-Ekiti or State CIID or call 09064050086/08053499199.
“Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue for autopsy while 10 suspects are currently in custody undergoing investigation.”
The school’s management had earlier announced the death of the student in a statement signed by Mufutau Ibrahim, its Registrar.
“It will be recalled that earlier today, the Management had made public the disturbing development of the missing deceased and assured that an investigation was ongoing to unravel the whereabouts of the poor student.
“But current information reaching the security outfit of the University has disclosed that the said student is dead.
“While the University Management condoles with the deceased family and the generality of the University community, particularly our dear students, the Management reiterated that investigation is still ongoing and this is being done in collaboration with national security agencies to get to the root of the sad development and bring to book the culprits.”
There were also reports claiming Atanda’s body was found with her eyes missing.
Also, the institution has directed the students to vacate the campus pending a probe into the case.
“It is pertinent to promptly inform the entire university community that immediate steps have been taken in this regard, as national security personnel have been drafted to handle the situation.
“To this end, all students are hereby directed to vacate the premises with immediate effect to ensure a proper, holistic, and unimpeded thorough investigation.
“It is worthy of note that armed security personnel have been quickly deployed for patrol, surveillance and security purposes.
“A new resumption date for all students would be conveyed accordingly. We sincerely regret any inconveniences these may have caused.”