The management of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, has declared that none of its students is still missing, following the collapse of a bridge in the institution which claimed the lives of four students last Monday contrary to reports in some media that some of the students were still missing.
The declaration was made by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Muhammad Abdullazeez, when he received the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir who paid a condolence visit to the Gubi campus of the institution on Wednesday, explaining that the Management later found out that only three students actually died in the incident and not four.
The VC further explained that the students had written to the management requesting for a footpath from the hostel to the lecture halls as the main road was very far so: “The management felt that it was necessary to construct a metal bridge so that at a time, it will carry between 10 to 15 people. This is not meant for static loads but for dynamic loads, that means, you don’t stand on it, you just pass.”
He said further that, “From the report, we received from some of the students was that, when the rain had finished falling and the students were about crossing, the found the scene excellent for them to take selfies. So they started from two and before you could realize, there were more than 30 students on the bridge standing, and that bridge was not meant for people to stand”.
Muhammad Abdulaziz added that “Some of the students could not pass and had to also stand, and the bridge suddenly collapsed and that was how we lost three students. And there were some mirrors that some students are missing, as at today, we came to the University, we came and ask, as of now, we don’t have the identity of any student missing.”
“Based on our records, no student is missing for now and I can confirm that the dead students are three, two from Kogi state and one from Benue State, two females and a male and they are all from Business Education and Management Studies,” he insisted.
The VC said that the University Management has constituted an investigation committee to find out the remote cause and the possible way to handle the whole situation and thanked the state government and security agencies for bringing proactive measures in handling the incident.