But tragedy struck that family on Monday when unknown but suspected armed robbers shot Umar while trying to snatch his car at gun point close to the school premises along Bauchi Ring Raod in Jos
Narrating the incident to Weekly Trust, the president of the Students Union Government of the University of Jos, Mr Edwin Gambo said, “Hamza was shot dead when he refused to handover the key of a Toyota Camry to the hoodlums when at gun point, he threw the key into the school compound and one of them shot him and drove away”
He said the incident happened when Hamza and his friends were about to drive out to town. Two of his friends were inside the car when the incident happened. He said Hamza was about entering the car when the three gunmen suspected to be armed robbers held him at gun point.
Mr Edwin said Hamza was rushed to the Jos University Teaching Hospital where he died while the matter was reported to the Nassarawa Agwom police station for necessary action.
The father of the late Hamza Adamu could not speak when Weekly Trust visited the house due to the large number of people who visited to condole the family and the agony of the death of his child his elder brother, Mujaheed Adamu Umaru said their family received the news of late Hamza robbery attack after he was rushed to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), where he died.
He said he was the sixth out of the 11 children born to their family and he is single. He was a very obedient boy who was always ready to help his parents and his junior ones, he loved to study but look at what had happened just one year to complete his studies and become a professional lawyer but they have killed him in cold blood.
Mujaheed said the family will never forget this dastardly act and wickedness done to their brother and prayed God to forgive his sins describing his death as an irreparable loss to the family.
At the students’ compound where the deceased lived, most of his colleagues had travelled back home due to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) but his neighbour, Vivian Chizoma, a final year student of English, said she stayed in a nearby room to his room the day he was killed.
Vivian said, “I saw him that day. He came from what look like a journey and swept his room and I entered my room when my sister came from outside and told us that he had been shot dead by some hoodlums suspected to be armed robbers.”
She said prior to the incident, the compound does not have any security presence but now since the incident occurred, police patrol vans come to the place around eleven o’clock in the evening even though Hamza was killed between eight ot to nine o’clock in the evening.
Vivian said, “we all will miss him, he was a nice guy who always asked you to forgive him and be patient if he offended you or if he felt he did something wrong to you. He was cool headed and a very bright student.”
All efforts by Weekly Trust to speak to the Dean of the Student Affairs of the University, Professor Elizabeth Abama, failed because she was not available.
The Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) Nassarawa Agwom police station, confirmed the incident to Weekly Trust he said one Ibrahim Abba reported the case to the police and they went to the scene to investigate but no arrests have been made.
This is the second time within three weeks that gunmen shot people in different places in Jos metropolis three weeks ago, two people were shot dead by unknown gunmen
Gun shots are now on the increase daily in Jos metropolis. Within one month about six people were reportedly killed by unknown gun men in different parts of the metropolis.
The Special Adviser to Governor David Jonah Jang on Media and Public Relations, Mr Dan Manjang, condemned the act of assassinating innocent citizens. He said, “its quite unfortunate despite government effort to restore peace yet still some unpatriotic people continue to carry guns to assassinate innocent people its unfortunate”
He reiterates government’s determination to check the activities of criminal in collaboration with the security agencies kept at strategic locations in the state.
Mr Manjang said as a responsible government, they will do everything possible to protect the lives and property of its citizens.