Tears and wailing on Tuesday surrounded the faculty of Humanities of the Imo State University, Owerri, after news of the death of two students of the French Language Department filtered in.
The students, Moses Izuchukwu and another, identified simply as Jane, were returning from the burial of the mother of one of their course mates when the vehicle they were travelling in had a crash.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the auto crash occurred at the Nworieubi junction on the Owerri-Orlu Expressway.
An eyewitness, who declined to be named, told our correspondent that while Jane and Izuchukwu were crushed to death, others were injured and rushed to a hospital.
He said, “The two students died on the spot. They were crushed beyond recognition, especially the female student. It was a horrible sight. The students were on their way back from the funeral rites of the mother of one of their course mates.”
When our correspondent visited the university on Tuesday, other students, lecturers and other members of staff were seen discussing the tragedy.
A large number of the course mates of the deceased couldn’t hold their emotions, as they cried profusely.
A student of the university, identified simply as Justice, told our correspondent that the late students were in their fourth year in the school and were billed to travel to Benin Republic in January for their internship.
He said, “I knew Jane very well; she was the senator representing the French Department in the parliamentarian arm of the Students Union Government. She was popularly known as Senator Jane.
“She was jovial and a strong female politician on the campus. She will be remembered for her selfless services to the school.”
One of the lecturers of the deceased students, Prof. Valen Obinna, who confirmed the incident, said the Faculty of Humanities was saddened by the “shocking development.”