By Clare Nwaiwu
The authorities of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka today denied allegation that their negligence caused the death of a 400-level student, Francis Chideu, Mmadubuobi, who slumped and died Saturday while playing basketball with his colleagues.
Mmadubuobi’s colleagues had taken to the streets of the school’s campus in Awka, to protest what they termed the death caused by the negligence of the school’s management.
Francis, a student of the Department of Applied Microbiology and Brewing, died after he suddenly slumped while playing basketball with his colleagues.
The students accused the school authorities of failing to act fast leading to the death of their colleague.
The school management in a statement signed by its Director, Information, Public Relations and Protocol, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, denied the claim that they were negligent when Francis slumped.
The school however, said they acted promptly when Francis slumped but that he had died before he was rushed to the hospital.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]The school management in a statement signed by its Director, Information, Public Relations and Protocol, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, denied the claim that they were negligent when Francis slumped[/penci_blockquote]
Part of the statement 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 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. He was thereafter taken to Teaching Hospital Amaku for further attempt at salvaging an already bad situation. He was without pulse and confirmed dead.
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“The Management is deeply saddened at the unfortunate incident and appeals for calm among the students.
“We pray for the repose of the soul of Chinedu Mmadubuobi and for God to grant the family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.