Tragedy As Eight Varsity Students Traveling Home For Election Die In Ghastly Accident

According to reports, a bus accident claimed the lives of eight Madonna University students from Okija, Rivers State, who were returning home for the next general elections.

According to information obtained by Naija News, the terrible incident took place as the students—who had been asked to leave school due to the impending general election—were travelling to Taraba state.

An eyewitness reported that the terrible incident occurred on February 18th, Saturday, near the intersection of the TTC and Special Science School in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Nevertheless, it was reported that seven pupils, who suffered varied degrees of injury but survived the assault, were sent to the Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital in Ebonyi State.

The eye-witness, Matthew Mbam, took to his Facebook page to narrate the incident saying, “While returning from Nwezenyi, Igbeagu, Izzi, Ebonyi State, Nigeria this Sunday evening where I went to pick some people, I met this horrific scene at exactly TTC/Special Science School junction along the trans-Saharan road.

“Seeing the crowd of persons with some army officers around the burnt vehicle, I decided to park my car by the roadside and came out to find out what really happened. I was told that the accident occurred yesterday twilight being Saturday, 18th February, 2023.

“After asking some persons there who all declined telling me what really happened, I met the soldiers who accompanied the relatives from Taraba State, directly to ask them what happened with the burnt vehicle.

“They briefed me that the bus was coming from Port-Harcourt, conveying some students from Madonna University with some of the parents who are returning to Taraba State for a break due to upcoming elections.

The story further has it that 8 students/a parent are the chelated bodies/ashes that were burnt beyond recognition. And about 7 persons in bad conditions who are currently at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, escaped from the bus when it caught fire after having head-on collision with a Sienna car.”

The father of one of the late students, Ezra M Usman, expressed sorrow in a Facebook post, attaching a picture of his daughter.

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