Varsity Lecturer found dead with bullet wounds in Abakaliki

Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria
January 14, 2021 

Update created on January 13. 

Mr. Kyrian Nwoke, a lecturer with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, has been gruesomely murdered by unknown assailants.

Late Awoke who was a lecturer in the Department of Physiology in AE-FUNAI before his death, was found lifeless with bullet wounds, along the Abakaliki rice mill axis of Ogoja Road, on Monday.

It was gathered that the late academician was using his car for a taxi to provide for himself and his family following the untold hardship orchestrated by the lingering conflict between the Nigerian federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities which has led to the seizing of lecturers’ salaries for months.

Mr. Nwoke was said to have gone missing on Sunday after an unidentified person called him to come to Udemezue Street in Abakaliki to pick up customers at a popular restaurant along Ogoja Road.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The young man was a lecturer in Physiology Department, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike-Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

“Owing to the withheld salaries of lecturers for over four months, Kyrian registered his car for taxi service to be able to feed his family (wife and his 2-year-old daughter).

“Kyrian was called to go and pick customers at Udemezue street and drop them at a popular eatery known for local delicacies at Ogoja Road, Abakaliki, on Sunday 10th January. He didn’t return as his lifeless body was found the next day near the Rice Mill along the same Ogoja road with bullet wounds on his body and his car missing.

“My prayer is that the perpetrators of this evil act will never go unpunished. Ebonyi State Government and indeed security agency should sit up and bring the culprit to book.”

When contacted, DSP Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer Ebonyi State Command, said the Command was yet to receive an official report of the deceased murder.