No fewer than three students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Agbani were on Friday night shot and wounded by gunmen suspected to be cultist who invaded their hostel.
Our correspondent gathered that the affected students are now undergoing surgery at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, where they were rushed to in the early hours of Saturday.
Father of one of the victims, who do not want to be quoted, told newsmen that his son who was affected by the attack was undergoing surgery at the hospital
He said the student was shot in the stomach and it is suspected that some pellets of the bullet were lodged in his abdomen for which doctors are battling to remove.
The two other victims were also undergoing surgery at the hospital while efforts were being made to contact their parents.
Unique Hostel where the ugly incident took place and other hostels within the Agbani Permanent site of the institution, according to sources, have been placed under serious security watch as it was suspected that the gunmen could be members of a secret cult in the school.
To forestall a reprisal attack, a source said, the management had taken measures to beef up security at the hostels with plain-clothe security operatives deployed to strategic locations.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu who confirmed the attack said that preliminary investigations revealed that the gunmen could be “student robbers”. He assured that the police would do everything possible to get to the root of the incident.
Though, he could not say if any arrest had been made, the PPRO said the command, is already on top of the situation and would give further details after the ongoing investigations.
According to him, “From what we gathered when the gunmen attacked some students at the ESUT Unique Lodge, which is mainly Boys Hostel, there was a stiff resistance by the students who succeeded in arresting one of the gunmen.
“The arrested gunman alerted his armed colleagues who returned to the hostel and began shooting indiscriminately during which three of the students were shot and wounded,”