Update: University students killed: They were taking selfies – VC
The Vice Chancelor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Muhammad Abdullazeez has disclosed that the victims of the collapsed bridge in the campus were taking selfies on the bridge.
He disclosed this while receiving the state governor, Bala Mohammed.
According to the VC, thirty students were taking “selfies” when the bridge collapsed.
The bridge can only carry 10-15 people at a time he said.
The incident happened around 11:45 – 12am according to reports.
Update: University students killed
The management felt that it was necessary to construct a metal bridge for between 10 and 15 people at a time.
It was not meant for static loads but for dynamic loads, that means, you don’t stand on it, you just pass.
“The reports we received from some of the students were that when the rain had stopped and the students were about crossing, they found the scene excellent for them to take selfies.
So they started from two and before you could realise it, there were more than 30 students on the bridge standing, and that bridge was not meant for people to stand.
“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.
As of today we don’t have any student missing.
“Based on our records, no student is missing for now.
Three students, two from Kogi State and one from Benue State were confirmed dead.
Two females and a male and they were all from the department of business education and management studies.