TRAGEDY IN AKWA IBOM: Truck crushes two female students of Akwa Ibom Polytechnic to death

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Two students of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, have been crushed to death.

It was gathered that the incident happened yesterday, few metres away from the school’s premises, near Ikot Inyang village junction, along Aba Road in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.

It was learnt that the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the female students, killing them on the spot. Our correspondent learnt that the deceased, Abasifreke Okon, and Irene Edwin from Ikot Abasi and Ibesikpo Asutan LGA respectively, were preparing for their practical examinations scheduled for tomorrow.

The deceased, ND 2 Science Laboratory Technology students, described as “besties and inseparable twins”, were supposed to have completed their academic programme after their exams tomorrow.

Following the incident, it was learnt that the management of the polytechnic postponed the examinations.

Confirming the incident, Akwa Ibom State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Matthew Olonisaye, attributed the accident to reckless driving.

While commiserating with the families of the deceased, Olonisaye urged drivers to make the maintenance of their vehicles a top priority.

“It actually happened, it’s because of loss of control by the driver. We advise drivers to abide by the rules that guide the usage of the road, they should not be in a hurry.

“Drivers should also make vehicle maintenance a priority for any life lost cannot come back. An accident does not just happen, it is caused. I commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives,” he stated.

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