A University of Calabar lecturer, Dr. Emmanuel Igbeng, was assassinated at about 8.30 pm at Asuquo Abasi Street, off Uwanse Lane in the Calabar-South of the metropolis on Thursday, a report said. It was gathered Igbeng was shot in the neck by three gunmen, who stepped out of a waiting car. They retreated into their vehicle after shooting Igbeng and a lady he was with in his car, but the latter survived. The shooters took nothing from the deceased, which gave the notion it was a premeditated murder.
The murder, it was said, came a week after the lecturer bagged a PhD from the university.
Effiong Eyo, who speaks for the university, said “this is a great loss to us as an institution. This man struggled and just last Saturday he got his PhD degree. It is really sad for an institution to lose a man like that.”
But the police called the killing a robbery.
Hafiz Inuwa, Commissioner of Police for the state, was quoted as suggesting a robbery and claimed the “the police got there in good time”.
“From the reports we got, the robbers were hanging around and opened fire on him immediately he came. The street, from what we discovered, was a lonely one. We have started investigation into the matter,” the police chief, said.