A student union leader and a final year Engineering student of the Niger Delta university, NDU, Comrade Obele Wilson is dead after reports said he refused to comply with armed robbers trying to rob him of his money, and other possessions on Tuesday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Wilson was the immediate past vice President of the National union of Bayelsa State Students, NDU chapter, and was also a very active leader of the Ogbia Students Union and the NDU-SUG.
The deceased’s activism came to an abrupt and unfortunate end between 2-4pm around Amarata community, opposite Diamond Bank branch where he visited frequently to sell NDU’s screening form to students seeking admission into the university.
It was gathered that late Wilson embarked on the venture after lecturers of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University, proceeded on an indefinite strike over four months unpaid salaries in April.
Reports said on Tuesday he got caught up in a robbery as men armed with guns stormed the Sani Abacha Expressway where several banks are located, and invaded a shop he entered to hawk his ‘wares’ opposite Diamond Bank.
“While Obele Wilson was doing his runs, gunmen invaded the place, demanding for laptops, phones and cash, Obele Wilson tried to argue with them, and was shot.
“After the armed robbers fled the scene, he died while he was being rushed to the hospital,” eyewitness said.
OrijoReporter gathered that late Wilson’s colleagues in student activism will on Friday pay their last respects to the deceased by witnessing his burial at Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State where he hailed from.
A look at tributes that continue to pour in on his Facebook account revealed that late Wilson will be missed sorely.
Facebook user, Andrew Princewell wrote: “Tears of Condolences to the families the of an ever standing well well comrade late Obele Wilson,and to the national union of ogbia student world wide, her parent body the Ogbia brother hood youth wing world wide, and to the entire ogbia kingdom, though is so sudden and hard to believe to address you as late, we believe greatly that you are with us in spirit to alutarize and actulazi the struggle,my tears will continue to flow uncontrollable to way you left us even when your contributions were just starting, we lack the authority to question the Ultimate mover of all moveable the Owner of men’s life WHYs in all happens as men are just shadows shinning in the morning and fade away in the evening we agreed that God loves you most and may he find a paradise for you in his mansions you will be forever remember for your impacts on the students unions struggle and youth activities l would have continued but tears of an irreplaceable loss of an hero have beclouded my eyes, Adieu Adieu, Wangi Bi Giobaro my like minded comrade at arm late Cmr Wilson Obele of blessed memory an icon of the students unions and youths struggle a true epitome of an ogbia man.”
Another Facebook friend, Ogboma Dinizibemo said, “We talked and talked, you even told me that you are now born again and a better person, I laughed about it. In group chats then you were one of the funny people that’ll make us laugh, we’ll be like “Obele Don come again o”, We’ll miss you but I guess heaven misses you more, tears but in all Rest in Peace and your killers will never go unpunished.”