…Claim eight undergrads in one week
THERE is uneasy calm in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) in Ikwuano local government area following a gale of strange deaths that has claimed eight lives on the campus in just one week.
While four persons died in separate locations in the institution between Thursday and Friday, two deaths were reported from the hostels on Saturday and Monday with two persons dying yet again on Tuesday.
A source in one of the hostels, who refused to be named, said the development has not only set tongues wagging but has led to accusing fingers in many directions.
According to the source, what makes the occurrence more mysterious is that none of the deaths resulted from illness or physical attack.
“We’ve not seen anything like this. Healthy people slumping and dying without contact with anyone. Atimes, someone will be going along with others only to slump and die right on the spot. And, just next day there will be similar occurrence in another or same part of the campus. Just on Tuesday, two persons that I know were found dead in their room. One is a 200-Level students and the other in 300-Level, by name Decency and Victor respectively. This has ignited tension in Umudike and fingers are being pointed in many directions,” he said.
Wondering when something should be done to halt the spate of mysterious deaths in the school, the source said though each case attracted alarm from neighbours and friends, authorities are keeping sealed lips over the development.
According to him, Decency’s case was most devastating to him, because he was incumbent Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Students Union Government (SUG) seeking re-election before his corpse was found in his room on Tuesday.
Public Relation Officer of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Adanma Odefa confirm Decency and Victor’s deaths but said he did not hear of any other case or cases.
Spokesman of Abia Police Command, Geoffery Ogbonna, did not answer his phone after an enquiry over the issue.