TWENTY students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State,
were feared dead in a multiple road accident late on Tuesday,
eyewitnesses said on Wednesday.
Our correspondent learnt that the victims met their deaths on the
Nsukka-9th Mile Expressway while travelling to their homes in a
commercial mass transit bus after the UNN authorities had directed the
students to embark on a compulsory two-week break.
Although the UNN management had described the closure as a
“Mid-semester break”, students told our correspondent that the school
was shut to avert an action said to have been planned by the students to
protest the lack of electricity and water in their hostels.
The students had been directed to vacate their hostels before 6:00 pm on Tuesday.
Though the Enugu State Police Command said only three undergraduates
died in the accident, eyewitnesses said no fewer than 20 students of the
UNN perished in the accident.
Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu
State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement made available to
journalists, said apart from the three who lost their lives, five other
students sustained injuries in the accident.
Before the closure of their school on Tuesday, our correspondent
learnt that the students had planned to embark on a demonstration over
the lack of electricity and water in their hostels.