The Lagos State Police Command said two suspects have been arrested over the death of Stephen Urueye, a graduate of the University of Lagos and House Officer at Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Urueye, who along with his mates graduated from Unilag as part of the convocation ceremony held on Wednesday, was stabbed to death 24 hours later.
When the report of the unfortunate incident got to them, students and some of Urueye’s doctor colleagues from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) staged a protest in front of LUTH gate at the Idi-Araba area of Lagos
According to the police, Urueye died after a robbery attack on Thursday night.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of two suspects regarding the incident.
“Yes we have two suspects undergoing interrogation in the unfortunate killing of the late Doctor,” he said.
Speaking further, he said the case is not one of premeditated murder but armed robbery. “Those who attacked him are robbers, they collected handsets from him at the Lagoon side.
He left the school with his female friend, they were walking but when they got to the lagoon side, that is when the hoodlums attacked, collected their handsets and they stabbed him, leading to his death,” he said.
Other sources said although he was rushed to the emergency wing of LUTH that night, he did not survive despite the best efforts of medical personnel who attended to him.
He was pronounced dead in the early hours of Friday.
Meanwhile #JusticeforStephen took over Nigerian Twitter on Friday, with many demanding justice while lamenting what hoodlums have turned Idi Araba to concerning crime and other vices.
@OjuokoIsaac, reacting, wrote: “I pray for comfort for his family, they lost a son. I pray for comfort for his close friend, they lost a friend. I pray for comfort for LUTH, they lost a Doctor. I pray 4 comfort for the nation, they lost a world changer. RIP DR STEPHEN You’re in a better place #JusticeForStephen.”
Also weighing in along with a video pf the protest, @dna_xo wrote: “The protest is on , Students and Doctors from Luth are raising their voice demanding #JusticeforStephen, a Luth graduate and house officer who was killed yesterday in front of LUTH.”
@Dr Zobo, who also posted pictures of the protest, wrote: “A hospital in an environment of high crime rate. Yet the govt has done nothing to tighten security
Now in one night a young promising Dr, only son, who just convocated on Wednesday, stabbed to death by 9pm AT LUTH GATE + Male and Female hostels robbed! #JusticeForStephen.”