Fuel Black Marketer Sets Varsity Student Ablaze In Akwa-Ibom (Photos)

In Obio Akpa, Oruk Anam Local Government Area of the State, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a fuel trader who is accused of setting varsity student Enwongo Akpan on fire after an argument.

On Saturday, July 9, a philosophy student at the 200-level Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Obio Akpa campus, reported a roadside fuel vendor for selling contaminated fuel.

According to Daily Trust, Akpan purchased N500 worth of fuel from a dealer and put it in his generator’s tank, but it did not produce any electricity.

He went back to the wayside gas station because he thought the fuel was tainted and wanted an explanation.

The petrol salesman doused Akpan in fuel and lit him ablaze after the confrontation turned into a quarrel that culminated in some words being exchanged.

Idongesit Akpan, an eyewitness, claimed the dealer gathered the gasoline, poured it on his victim, lit matches, and set him blazing as others ran for safety.

Akpan claimed that the victim was saved by villagers and students, who took him to Mercy Hospital in Abak for immediate care and then informed Prof. Nse Essien, the university’s vice chancellor, of the occurrence.

The incident caught the attention of local authorities, including former OrukAnam Chairman Prince Ubong Idiong, who convinced students to forgo retaliatory violence. Later, the victim was sent to a different Uyo hospital for better care.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Odiko Mcdon, who confirmed the incident said the police was hunting for the suspect who escaped from the scene of the crime before police officers arrived.

“I am aware of the incident. The suspect escaped from the scene but the police is trailing him and he will certainly be brought to book,” the PPRO stated.

Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State University Students’ press in a statement urged students to remain calm.

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