The management of University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Tuesday, June 2, had asked students to go for what it termed ‘mid-semester break’ following rumours that the students were set to protest the no power and water supply in the school.
The directive instructed all students to vacate the school premises before 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
According to reports, after this directive was given, eyewitnesses say about 20 students of the university met their untimely deaths on the Nsukka-9th Mile expressway late Tuesday, June 2, 2015 on their way to their respective homes.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement which was made available to newsmen said that only about 8 students were involved in the accident of which only 3 of them died and the remaining 5 were injured.
Amaraizu said, “Three persons have been confirmed dead while five others sustained various degrees of injuries. 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.
“The auto crash involved a diesel truck with registration number AWK 311 XB, which is believed to have lost control as a result of suspected brake failure and hit two buses with registration numbers UWN 406 XA and UWN 57 XA and also a motorcycle.”