The Management of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State has confirmed that four of its students were killed following the collapse of a bridge in the Gubi campus.
The incident was as a result of a heavy downpour in the state which lasted for several hours. The Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Abdullazeez, who spoke to journalists at a press conference on Tuesday, August 6th in Bauchi State said that four students have been killed while seven students were injured.
He said that the full details of the incident were still being awaited, but he stated that the management closed down the school in honour of the deceased.
Abdullazeez said, “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 (Monday), at the Gubi Campus of the University.
“While full details of the occurrence are being awaited, the University Senate, at an emergency meeting this morning, (August 6th, 2019) has decided to close the University in honour of the students. We closed down the school because we are mourning. The reopening date has been fixed for Tuesday, August 19th, 2019.”
He said the deceased are three males and one female. Speaking on the cause of the incident, the Vice Chancellor, who was accompanied to the press conference by top management staff said, “For now, we learnt 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.”
Abdullazeez said that the injured are currently receiving treatment at the University Medical Center. He said that rescue operations are currently ongoing to recover bodies of those missing.
One of the victims of the ATBU Bauchi bridge collapse was Salamat, a 200 Level student of chemistry education. She and other students were on their way back to the hostel when the bridge linking the hostel to lecture rooms collapsed last night.
Salamat sister had gone on Twitter to announce the missing of her sister, hours after she returned to the platform to give an update and confirmed Salamat was among those that lost their lives in the incident.