Some students of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State were reportedly killed after the collapse of a bridge in the University on Monday.
The collapse of the bridge was as a result of a heavy downpour in the state which lasted for several hours.
The exact number of casualties was sketchy as of the time it happened. Some sources within the school said two students were carried away by the flood. Some said three and some even put the number at four and more with several others missing.
A source said,
“I learnt that eight students have been killed, many others are missing. One corpse was found around the Nigerian Air force Base (over 5 kilometres away), many are still missing.”
An anonymous source has shared some pictures of the victims with 1st News.
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ATBU students that died in the collapsed bridge on Monday
According to another source within the institution, “The bridge linking the classes with the hostels collapsed as a result of Monday’s torrential rain while students were returning to the hostels,”
Another student who pleaded anonymity said the incident happened between 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
Reports say that students of the institution are currently writing their 1st semester examination.
Angry students protested at the university following the death of these students. Many students are still said to be missing. About 20 students were said to have been on the bridge when the tragedy struck.
According to some students, the bridge collapsed while students reading for their exams were returning from the classes to their hostels.
The police in Bauchi confirmed the development, but referred journalists to the University’s public relations unit for details.
University authority denies search
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, ATBU, has denied it is searching for missing students after the collapse of a bridge in the school reportedly claimed the lives of four students.
A metallic bridge linking the hostels and lecture halls collapsed at about 11.45pm on Monday. This followed a downpour which caused flooding in the school. Seven students were reportedly injured, with some missing.
But ATBU Vice-Chancellor, Muhammad Abdullazeez, who received Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, who paid him a condolence visit on Wednesday, said they later found out that three students died.
He said, “The management felt that it was necessary to construct a metal bridge for between 10 and 15 people at a time. It was not meant for static loads but for dynamic loads, that means, you don’t stand on it, you just pass.
“The reports we received from some of the students were that when the rain had stopped and the students were about crossing, they found the scene excellent for them to take selfies.
“So they started from two and before you could realise it, there were more than 30 students on the bridge standing, and that bridge was not meant for people to stand.
“Some of the students could not pass and had to also stand. The bridge suddenly collapsed and that was how we lost three students. As of today, we don’t have any student missing.
“Based on our records, no student is missing for now. Three students –two from Kogi State and one from Benue State – were confirmed dead. Two females and a male and they were all from the department of business education and management studies.”
Abdullazeez said they had set up a committee to investigate the incident.
He thanked the state government and the security agencies for their intervention.
The governor commiserated with the families of the deceased, the school authorities and students over the incident.
Mohammed said the visit was to assess the areas that required urgent attention. He pledged that the state government would fix the collapsed bridge.