Mr. Hope Vyonku, the President of the National Union of Taraba Students, also confirmed the story. He told journalists in Jalingo that Mercy ran into the evil gang on her way to school on Sunday night while returning to school from the weekend. “I was told that she was returning to the school from town on a tricycle she boarded when the incident happened close to the bridge after the State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo. “A passerby later discovered her by the road side and rushed her to the State Specialist Hospital where she died this morning (Tuesday),” he said.
While condemning the rape and murder, Vyonku called on security agents to put in place, adequate security measures to ensure the safety of students. “We have declared one week of mourning in honour of Mercy and all victims of hoodlum-related violence in the state,” he said.
It was also gathered that Mercy was not the only victim of this unfortunate act, as security agents have been deployed to the affected area to help curb security challenges affecting vulnerable students.
By Mercy Kukah