It was a black weekend for students and Umudike in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State as a 400 level student of the department of Agricultural Economics in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Abia State as commercial motorist reportedly killed one of their students identified as Obinna Chiaha, The Nation reports.
It was gathered the student was killed by the driver of a commercial bus with the inscription; “Uwak Mfon Awka Ibom Motors NIG. LTD” heading to Umuahia, the state capital.
Sources who claimed to have witnessed the incident alleged that the driver of the commercial SUV said to be on a high speed was said to have hit Chiaha while he was trying to overtake a trailer.
It was learnt that the incident happened close to the University gate on the Umuahia/ Ikot Ekpene road caused pandemonium in the area as students took to the road which serves as a major exit and entrance into Akwa Ibom from Umuahia to protest the killing of their colleague
The student was said to have arrested the driver of the car and handed him over to the security officials of the university.
Unconfirmed reports have it that the students became violent when they were told that their colleague was confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Center Umuahia (FMC) where he was rushed to for medical treatment.
The body of the student was said to have been taken to a morgue in Umuahia, along Aba road where it was deposited.
“Many students on hearing the sad news of the demise of their colleague took to the street to protest his death.
“The Vice Chancellor Professor Francis Otunta later addressed the students through a telephone conversation through the President of Students Union Government Mr. Ononiwu Precious.
“He told the students to remain calm as the University will ensure that deceased student gets justice.
“The VC also declared Saturday April 28, 2018 as BLACK SATURDAY in honor of the deceased,” a source from the school stated.