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Gunmen kill top BUK graduate student in Anambra

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Unknown gunmen killed top communications graduate student in Bayero University of KanoSule Mathew, a week before starting his national youth service.

Mr Mathew was a former trainee of PRNigeria, an online news platform which reported that he was killed while traveling to Anambra State alongside other passengers.

He said Mr. Mathew, who studied Information and Media Studies, recently graduated with a first-class degree from the Faculty of Communication at Bayero University Kano (BUK).

He was killed alongside other passengers in Ekwulobia, one of the largest towns in Anambra State after Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.

His body was deposited at the general hospital of Ekwulobia.

According to PRNigeria, a classmate of the deceased, Salis Manager, said Mr. Mathew had been billed to attend the upcoming National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation program.

“Mathew was among the first group of students to intern at the PRNigeria Center in Kano in 2019. He lost his father in June, a few months before his final exam, and graduated as the top student in our department in August 2021 and was due to enroll in the NYSC mandatory program next week, Mr. Manager said.

“He was on a six-month non-residential fellowship program that trains and mentors young citizen activists to push for democratic reforms – Gidan Yanci. He was on his way to Anambra from Abuja when the gunmen attacked their vehicle,” Mr. Gambo Ibrahim, a close friend of Mr. Mathew, who had been living with him since their graduation days, tearfully recounted.

“After assaulting them, the gunmen opened fire on them, killing all of them except the driver who escaped. So when we couldn’t reach him and hear about the incident, we sent Sule’s photo to the morgue to confirm if he was among those killed and we received reports that he was identified among those killed.

“Before this sad news, I kept calling him on the phone but I couldn’t reach him. Then suddenly we got this sad news. I am so shocked,” said Binta Musawa, classmate of Mr Sule.

“Mr. Mathew is from Ayangaba Kogi State. He was co-founder of hostutors.com, a Nigerian social enterprise that aims to make learning in formal and vocational education accessible and affordable for all by connecting all categories of learners with the most suitable tutors,” the deceased classmates told PRNigeria.

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