The authorities of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State has revealed that four of its students drowned on Monday. The incident happened after the collapse of an access bridge in the Gubi campus at 11:45 pm.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Muhammad Abdulazeez stated this in a press conference on Tuesday in Bauchi State. He stated that four students have been killed while seven students were injured. The sad incident was in consequence of torrential rainfall in the state which lasted for several hours.
“I regret to announce the death of four of our students on August 5th, 2019. The unfortunate incident that led to the demise of the students occurred late last night, at the Gubi Campus of the University.
While full details of the occurrence are being awaited, the University Senate, at meeting this morning, (August 6th, 2019) has decided to close the University in honor of the students.
“We closed down the school because we are mourning. The reopening date has been fixed for Tuesday, August 19th, 2019.”
Commenting on the cause of the incident, the Vice-Chancellor said,
“For now, we learned that while the students were trying to return to their hostel in the midst of the rain last night, the connecting bridge between their reading area and their hostel collapsed and the four students drowned.”
Abdulazeez said that the injured are currently receiving treatment at the University Medical Cente. And that the rescue operations are currently ongoing to recover bodies of those missing.
The President Mourns ATBU Students
President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with the management, staff, and students of the university. This was contained in a press statement signed by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday in Abuja. He described the incident as “tragic, sad and unfortunate”. He prayed Almighty God to console the bereaved family and the university community.