A preliminary investigation by the police has proven how Programs Engineer and winner of 2018 IBM competitors, David Nketim-Rex, was killed.
High police sources in addition to a relative of the deceased informed The PUNCH on Monday that David was shot by robbers on a motorbike alongside Jibowu Street within the Jibowu space of Lagos State, final Friday.
David, who was the son of Dr. Yetunde Nketim-Rex, a senior lecturer on the English Division within the College of Lagos, was stated to have been dropped off by a cousin named Nicholas round 8pm.
The deceased was stated to have walked right down to Jibowu Street close to Finicky Restaurant which has no functioning streetlights.
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Whereas ready to board a car that might convey him residence which is near WAEC bus cease, he was stated to have been utilizing his Samsung cellphone and this caught the eye of the hoodlums.
An try by the hoodlums to grab David’s cellphone was resisted and this was stated to have infuriated them as one in all them introduced out a gun and shot him at shut vary earlier than fleeing with the cellphone.
A supply stated, “The incident occurred round 20.00 hours on January 15, 2020. The cousin of the deceased, Nicholas, stated they closed from work they usually had been on their method residence. However he stated he needed to do one thing after which dropped off David at GUO Transport who was going residence.
“From preliminary investigation and from what some eyewitnesses stated, a man alighted from a motorbike and tried to grab David’s cellphone. A scuffle ensued and the person shot him at shut vary and fled with the cellphone.”
A relative of the deceased, who confirmed the preliminary report, stated it was when Nicholas arrived residence and didn’t see David that the household started to worry that one thing had gone fallacious.
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They had been stated to have launched a manhunt for David and located him mendacity in a pool of blood.
He stated, “When Nicholas returned residence, he didn’t see David. He stated that Nicholas must have arrived as a result of he dropped him off at GUO and may have arrived at residence inside a couple of minutes as a result of their house is a brief distance from the place he was dropped off.
“They referred to as his cellphone but it surely was switched off. It was at the moment that they started tracing him. On attending to Jibowu Street, he was discovered mendacity in a pool of blood and policemen had been there.”
The relative, nevertheless, stated the police did not act on time as a result of David had not but been confirmed lifeless when the policemen arrived.
He stated the policemen had already declared the spot against the law scene and assumed that David was lifeless.
However the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, stated David was already lifeless after they arrived on the scene.
He stated, “On attending to the scene, policemen met his lifeless physique however relations insisted that he was not lifeless. So, police took him to Navy Hospital, Yaba however the hospital stated they might not deal with him after which referred him to LUTH.
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“He was accepted at LUTH and he was confirmed lifeless. The household returned to police to get extracts on the station for mortuary. So, the allegation of the police abandoning him just isn’t true. The incident is unlucky and we sympathise with the household however we did what we may.”
In the meantime, it was learnt that the case had been transferred from the Sabo Police Division to the State Prison Investigation Division, Panti.
“The policemen at Sabo said armed robbery and homicide cases are not handled at police stations. So Panti has taken over the investigation,” a relative stated.
David, in response to a 2018 assertion by IBM, had crushed 17,00zero others from world wide together with finalists from Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Nepal and america to emerge because the co-regional winner of the annual Grasp the Mainframe competitors, organised by AngelHack and IBM Z Tutorial Initiative.
The deceased, who was described as a tech wizard by mates, bagged a number of certificates and accomplishments earlier than graduating from the Division of Programs Engineering on the College of Lagos in 2019.
Associates have continued to mourn him on social media.