The students of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Thursday, blocked the Abakaliki-Enugu express road to protest against the stampede which occurred when they were writing an examination on Wednesday.
THE WHISTLER gathered that the stampede was a result of overcrowding during a General Studies Tests (GST) examination at the university hall. The students claimed the cause of the stampede was the venue of the examination, which ‘was very small’.
Nnenna Onah, an engineering student, told our correspondent that, “Our anger is that the university packed us in a small hall, despite the campaign against the coronavirus pandemic. The university doesn’t also have a functional healthcare centre to attend to emergencies like this. About ten students collapsed during the examination because the hall was overcrowded.”
The protest was generally peaceful, with one of the students stating that, “The aim is simply to draw the attention of policy makers to our plight, and to forestall future occurrences.”
Dr Ikechukwu Igwenyi, the chairman of the state branch of ASUU, confirmed that some students fainted during the examination, but could not give the exact figure of the casualties.
Mrs Loveth Odah, the police public relations officer, Ebonyi State Command, told newsmen that, “The police are aware of the matter. The commissioner, Mr Aliyu Garba, has sent officers to the scene, and they are yet to bring back reports.”
Our correspondent reports that about eight students were involved. They were however resuscitated at the hospital. It was also gathered that the GS examination was also cancelled.