A final year student of the University of Calabar, Francis Atabi, met a grim fate as he was fatally attacked by suspected carjackers at Mary Slessor roundabout on Friday, May 26, 2023.
The 25-year-old student, who also worked part-time as a Bolt driver, fell victim to a shocking act of violence while on duty.
According to reports from Punch, Atabi had offered a ride to two individuals around 8pm that fateful evening.
However, during the course of the journey, the suspects attempted to snatch his Toyota Corolla vehicle.
Displaying immense bravery, the Education and Political Science student resisted the carjacking, which only served to enrage the assailants further.
In a vicious attack, Atabi was repeatedly stabbed and a rope was tied around his neck.
The situation quickly escalated as Atabi, in a struggle to defend himself, lost control of the vehicle and collided with a security personnel at the scene.
Sadly, the security man also lost his life after being rushed to a hospital in Calabar.
SP Irene Ugbo, the spokesperson for the State Police Command, confirmed the tragic incident and assured the public that an investigation is underway.
In a statement released on Sunday, SP Ugbo expressed determination in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We shall do everything possible to ensure the assailants are arrested. No stone will be left unturned in this matter. We are launching a manhunt, and we shall get them and bring them to book,” stated SP Ugbo.
“This is a further wake-up call to Cross Riverians. The killers will be made to face the full wrath of the law when apprehended,” she added.