THE NATION THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013
CAMPUS LIFE Emmanuel Babs, said to be an easygoing student, was shot by gunmen while returning from evangelism. TAIWO ISOLA (200-Level Human Anatomy, University of Maiduguri) reports.
HE late Emmanuel Oluwajuwon Babs left his hostel, G-Block, at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) penultimate Friday for a music ministration at Chapel of Blessing, a students’ church at the university’s Teaching Hospital. As he stepped out of his hostel, the late Emmanuel, a 400-Level Agricultural Engineering student, told his roommates he would be back on Sunday. As he was returning from the gospel concert, he was shot dead along with an unidentified young man on a commercial tricycle popularly called Keke NAPEP. The incident happened a few days to Christmas. The tricycle was attacked by masked gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members at Bolori Layout, Maiduguri. An eye-witness told CAMPUSLIFE that the late Emmanuel and another passenger, both of whom sat behind the driver, were heading towards Central Bank Junction in Bolori when a saloon car overtook the tricycle and blocked its way. “Two men came out and instantly opened fire on the passengers in the Keke NAPEP, leaving only the driver. They took a bag belonging to one of the victims and left the scene immediately. Later, soldiers arrived on the scene and took the bodies to a specialist hospital’s morgue,” the witness said. It was learnt that members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) did not make efforts to reach the fami-
Murder at Yuletide lies of the victims after they took the bodies to the morgue. CAMPUSLIFE learnt that the late Emmanuel had initially told his parents, who are based in Maiduguri, that he would be home briefly before returning to school because of exam. But he was informed his mother had travelled with his siblings to their home state for Christmas, leaving his father, with whom he planned to travel to Port Harcourt to begin his mandatory Industrial Training (IT). A close family friend told our correspondent that when the father did not see his son, he called his phone but it was switched off. “When the father called the late Emmanuel's colleagues to know his whereabouts, he was shocked when he was informed that the boy had not returned to the campus,” the source said. The family immediately declared Emmanuel missing and a search began on Sunday night, CAMPUSLIFE gathered. After three days of searching, one of the late student's friends found his body in the morgue of the specialist hospital. “Emmanuel’s daddy broke down in tears as he saw the cold body of his son,” the family friend added. Tears flowed freely as the remains of the late Emmanuel were committed to earth in Maiduguri last week Thursday. For his classmates, who trooped to the funeral, Emmanuel’s death was shocking. “Just like that?” the deceased col-
leagues said in low tone as his remains were being lowered into the grave. One of them, who spoke with our correspondent, recalled his last moments with the deceased. “I saw Emmanuel in class last week and he asked me how I was preparing for the exams. I replied and we talked about a lot of things before we departed.” In an emotional voice, a female student lamented: “When will the shedding of innocent people's blood end in Maiduguri?” Mr Blessing Olu-Babs, Emmanuel’s father, described his late son as a nice boy. He recounted his last moment with him. “My son told me he was having a test on Wednesday. So, I waited for him so that we can both travel to our home state, Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State, to join his mother and other siblings who had travelled earlier. I waited for him but I didn’t know fate had another plan for him,” he said. He added: “Today, we are burying him. I have taken solace in the fact that he belonged to God and his Creator has called him back. But I will miss him because he was a very nice boy, who could not hurt a fly. He was cool-headed and very disciplined and religious.” Suleiman Abubakar, a Nursing student and Emmanuel’s childhood friend, said he learnt of Emmanuel’s death on Facebook. In an emotion-laden voice, he
said: “We have been friends since we were toddlers till the day he was killed. We became brothers because we grew up in the same place, environment and went to the same secondary school and even university. I was shocked when one of our mutual friends on Facebook tagged me with his picture and wrote ‘RIP’. I became speechless bec a u s e Emmanuel was very friendly and deeply religious. That was why it came as surprise to all of us when we •The late Emmanuel learnt he was Emmanuel. I am a northern Musshot because we all knew him to lim and he was a Christian from be easygoing. If he had been the the South, yet our families never unruly type, we would have said quarreled for one day. Emmanuel maybe he was killed because of lived a meaningful life. It is sad bad company but not so for we lost him.”
Outgoing members of the Deeper Life Campus Fellowship (DLCF) of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) donated a new car to the fellowship to aid evangelism during a send forth in their honour. STANLEY UCHEGBU (400Level Accounting) reports.
• The outgoing leaders of the fellowship posing with the car
• Graduating students after the thanksgiving
UTGOING members of the Deeper Life Campus Fellowship (DLCF) of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), have donated a new car to the fellowship to support its activities. DLCF got the gift during the send-off party for the Final Year Brethren Forum (FYBF), a group of graduating students, of the fellowship. The ceremony with the theme: “Si no ha sido el Sen’or” (If it has not been the Lord) was held at the Pavilion II Lecture Hall. It started with a graduation processional hymn with the chorus: No one like my saviour. Present at the event was Pastor Jacob Nkanu, Regional Overseer of Akamkpa region of
A parting gift from the faithful Deeper Life Bible Church, who was also the guest speaker. Others included Pastor Sylvester Ele, associate coordinator of UNICAL chapter of DLCF; Brother Ajakpoloho Harrison, General Coordinator; Sister Lily Ozumba, State Campus coordinator; Sister Arira Dorcas, welfare coordinator and Pastor Eva Ukata. In his valedictory speech, the FYBF chairman, Jeremiah Nkanu, thanked the guests for attending the programme, despite examination. According to him, the event was remarkable because it climaxed their efforts in the last four to five years on the campus. Jeremiah added that words could
not express the graduating students' gratitude to God for making the day a reality. He expressed appreciation to Prof G. O Ozumba, whom he said oversaw their spiritual, academic and moral life before graduation. He equally thanked Prof Andrew Uduigwomen, who is a role model to the students. The event also featured a drama presentation by members of fellowship. It was titled Faith and depicted how faith works in human lives. The drama had three characters - a male and two women, who were studying in a tertiary institution. The male character is involved in immoral conducts on
campus while the women are bookworm and prayer warrior. Despite his mischievous life, the boy made a First Class while the bookworm made Second Class Upper Division and the prayerful, Second Class Lower Division. The other characters thought the prayerful character could not secure a good job with her class of degree. But she secured a job in an oil company and was promoted to General Manager. A few years later, the fortunate character discovered that her classmates, who mocked her class of degree, still roamed about unemployed. She later employed them and advised them to put God first
in every situation they found themselves. The fellowship choir also presented a farewell song for the outgoing members. It was titled “We gonna miss you brother, we gonna miss you sister”. In his exhortation, Jeremiah, reading from Gen. 39 vs 1-5, urged the graduands to always put God first in whatever challenge they face. He said life was full of “unending challenges” but added that with God they would conquer. Admonishing the grandaunts to be visionary, Jeremiah said: “There is nothing that we ever want in life that God cannot provide for us. Any challenge you may encounter, don’t be panic. It is going to be ephemeral, once we hold on to God.”
THE NATION JANUARY 3, 2013