Bus Crushes 100 Level Student To Death

Tragedy struck in Abia State on Monday, August 18 as a bus belonging to the fleet of Akwa Ibom State Transport Corporation, AKTC, crushed to death a First year student of Computer Science at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, area of the state in front of the university gate. The student, simply identified as Cynthia, was said to have died on the spot, prompting the students to burn the vehicle that killed her. The driver, however escaped being lynched by the angry students who were said to have accepted the appeal of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Hillary Edeoga, who intervened in time to save the driver’s life. The body of the slain student has since been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia. Public Relations Officer of the university, Mrs. Onyinye Ralph-Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident and regretted the death of the student. The angry students were said to have descended on the bus when they realized that their colleague was dead, considering the fact that the drivers attached to the Akwa Ibom Transport Corporation had been warned severally to slow down whenever they approached the school gate located on the busy Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene-Uyo-Calabar narrow road. Vanguard gathered, yesterday that the burnt vehicle had been removed and students going about their normal academic activities. It was learnt that drivers of the Akwa Ibom Company drive very recklessly, despite the poor condition of the road. A resident said: “Drivers of this company are notorious with reckless driving. One wonders if they have value for human beings. You can never see them drive like normal drivers. “They don’t mind the condition of the roads they ply. When they approach this gate they hardly slow down despite the warning. Now see this one wasted the life of this young girl. “People who travel all over the country always complain about the recklessness of the drivers attached to this company. ”

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