Some students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, leaving campus on the orders of the school authorities have lost their lives in a multiple road accident that took place along the ever busy Nsukka-9th mile highway. The affected students were travelling home on Tuesday evening in obedience to Monday’s directive that they should vacate the hostels. The Enugu State Police Command put the death figure at three, but there are fears that the number could be higher.
According to the spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, “three persons have been confirmed dead while five others sustained various degrees of injuries”. He added that “the auto crash, involves a diesel truck with registration number AWK 311 XB, which is believed to have lost control as a result of suspected brake failure and had hit two buses with registration numbers UWN 406 XA and UWN 57 XA and also a motorcycle. “The injured are being attended to at our Saviour Hospital, 9th Mile corner Ngwo, while the dead bodies are also deposited at the same hospital mortuary”.
A student, who was travelling when the accident occurred, blamed the university authority for the development. “It is very sad to see our fellow students die like that; we were chased out of school and now they have also been forced out of the world. This would not have occurred if we were not ordered out of school”, he lamented. Another student who simply gave her name as Anulika lamented the tragic accident: “Is it not shameful that in this age and time school authorities should be chasing students up and down over their own failures?” She asked: “what does it take to provide a school community drinking water and electricity?” The university was suddenly shut down on Monday, a move believed to have been aimed at averting a planned riot by the students who had suffered acute water scarcity and power supply for over three weeks.