A lecturer with the Federal College of Education, F CE, Obudu, Mr Livinus Agbor, has been hacked to death by a mob in Vandeikya, Benue State.
Mr Agbor, a lecturer in the Department of Educational Planning, was said to be down with severe cerebral malaria which made him restless and uncoordinated and after three days of treatment at a private hospital at Obudu without any improvement, he was rushed by his younger brother to neighbouring Vandeikya General Hospital in Benue State for further medical attention where he was placed on admission.
According to one of his colleagues, one Dr Achigbe, “while in the hospital, his younger brother went to buy food, leaving him on his hospital bed.
“When the younger brother left for the town, the patient got out of his bed and strayed out of the hospital premises to the Vandeikya motor park, telling the drivers that he wanted to go to Makurdi.
“He actually boarded a taxi but the first taxi delayed. He stepped out of the car and walked down the Vandeikya-Oturkpo road and boarded another taxi but when he could not tell the driver where he was going, he was asked to alight from the taxi.
“While he was wandering around Vandeikya town, he came across a student who was returning from school and asked the boy to get some water for him but the boy said he had no water. He then followed the boy home and when he got to the boy’s house, the mother raised alarm that someone was about to kidnap her son and a mob came out and began to attack him.”
Achigbe said the man was severely beaten by the mob until he became unconscious before his hands were eventually fastened with a cord and was dumped inside the trunk of a car and taken to the Police station. The police, surprised at the level of violence meted out to him, rushed him to the hospital where he died.
According to Achigbe, before his tragic end, the lecturer had been offered admission by a British university on the scholarship of Tertiary Education Fund, TETFUND, to study for his Ph.D.
“He was a very intelligent and humble gentlemen who had no issues with anybody in the school both staff and students” Achigbe said.
A source at the CrossRiver state police command said the matter is being handled by the police at Vandeikya.
“We hear a number of arrests have been made,” the source said