8 March 2012
A Ghanaian Professor of Botany at the
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State has been killed by suspected Niger Delta militants in Port Harcourt, the capital. Rivers State
Prof. Peter Akomeah was killed along with a younger colleague while on a field study for the oil giant, Shell last Thursday.
The professor, a consulting environmentalist at the university, was on an assignment for the Consultancy Directorate of the university.
He and his nine-member team were said to have just concluded their assignment at a small community in Port Harcourt and were waiting in a boat for one of their members to join them so that they could go back to their hotel rooms when a boat filled with suspected militants sped past them .
The four-member military escort attached to the team considered them a threat and fired at the suspected militants, who returned fire.
The suspected militants reportedly started shooting at the escort soldiers, who allegedly fled when they ran out of bullets.