A first year diploma student of Computer Science at
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,
Umudike, Abia State, was on Monday crushed to
death by a bus belonging to the fleet of Akwa Ibom
State Transport Corporation, AKTC, in front of the
The student, simply identified as Cynthia, was said
to have died on the spot, prompting the students to
burn the vehicle that killed her.
The driver was lucky to be alive as the students were
said to have accepted the appeal of the Vice
Chancellor, Prof. Hillary Edeoga, who intervened in
time to save the driver’s life.
The body of the slain student has since been
deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC,
Public Relations Officer of the university, Mrs.
Onyinye Ralph-Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident
and regretted the death of the student.
The angry students were said to have descended on
the bus when they realized that their colleague was
dead, especially when it was said that the drivers
attached to the Akwa Ibom Transport Corporation
had been warned severally to slow down whenever
they approached the school gate located on the busy
Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene-Uyo-Calabar narrow road.
When Vanguard visited the university yesterday, it
was observed that the burnt vehicle had been
removed and students going about their normal
It was observed that drivers of the Akwa Ibom
Company drive very recklessly, despite the poor
condition of the road.
A resident said: “Drivers of this company are
notorious with reckless driving. One wonders if they
have value for human beings.You can never see them
drive like normal drivers.
“They don’t mind the condition of the roads they ply.
When they approach this gate they hardly slow down
despite the warning. Now see this one wasted the life
of this young girl.
“People who travel all over the country always
complain about the recklessness of the drivers
attached to this company. ”