- Students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University have trooped out to protest the sudden death of a final year colleague
- They vowed to keep up the protest until the situation is addressed by the university’s management
- The school authorities, however, insist that the student had died before he was brought to the medical center
Scores of students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, flooded the streets on Monday, July 23, to protest the death of one Francis Madubuobi, a final year Microbiology student, who passed away during a game of basketball on Saturday, July 21.
The students alleged that after the deceased was rushed to the university’s medical centre, the personnel at the facility did not do enough to save his life, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the university’s director of information, Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, however stated that the deceased did not have any pulse when he was brought in. He added that Francis was taken to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, where he was confirmed dead.
However, his narrative was countered by an eyewitness who spoke on the condition of anonymity, and who claimed that he was one of the people who rushed the deceased to the medical center. According to the individual, instead of treating the deceased when he was brought in, the medical personnel asked them to start praying for him.
The protesting students vowed to keep up the protest until the situation is addressed by the university’s management; as they stated that this was the second time a student was dying in such circumstances.
However, the authorities of the institution insisted that the late student had passed away before he arrived at the medical center.
It released a statement which read: “The management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has received with great shock, the painful and sudden demise of one of our students, Francis Chinedu Mmadubuobi, a 400 level student of the Department of Applied Microbiology and Brewing.
“The deceased slumped while playing basketball with his friends on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The deceased was quickly rushed to the University Medical Centre but had no pulse upon examination. This means that he had died before being brought to the University Medical Centre.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nnamdi Azikiwe University was thrown into mourning, following the death of a final year student, Francis Madubuobi. The deceased was meant to write his last paper on Monday, July 23.
According to a narration shared by a Facebook user who was on ground when Francis slumped, the deceased was rushed to the school’s clinic but there was no doctor on ground or oxygen to help stabilize him.
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