According to the report, a first year diploma student of Computer Science at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, (Mouau) Abia State, was on Monday, 18th, (August) crushed to death by a bus belonging to the fleet of Akwa Ibom State Transport Corporation, AKTC, in front of the university gate.
The student, who is identify as Cynthia, was said to have died on the spot, and the students of the Institution burned the vehicle that cause her death.
The students of the Institution were said to have descended on the bus driver, when they found out that their colleague was dead, they were told 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. -This made them angry and was about burning the driver…..
The Students were on the verge of burning the driver of the vehicle, but for the timely intervention of the Vice Chancellor of Mouau, Prof. Hillary Edeoga who plead for the students not to take the laws into their hands.
The body of the female student has since been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia.
The Public Relations Officer of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Mrs. Onyinye Ralph-Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident to newsmen and regretted the death of the student.
Normalcy has since returned to the school. According to our source; The Bus has been removed and they students are since going about their normal business.
According to a reliable source, the Akwa Ibom Company drivers drive very recklessly, despite the poor condition of the road.
A student who spoke with newsmen said: “Drivers of this company (Akwa Ibom Transport Corporation) 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.”
May her soul rest in peace and may God give the family the fortitude to bear this loss.