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Three Nasarawa varsity students feared dead in stampede

Three students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi were feared dead on Friday in a stampede when the students looted rice given for distribution by the state government.

The incident occurred at the convocation square where the bags of rice were kept awaiting the arrival of Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the commencement of distribution.

According to a student witness, Moses Ajah, the surging crowd of students waiting to enter the square over powered the security personnel and broke in through the gate thereby causing a stampede.

He described the incident as very unfortunate.

“Some of the students were struggling with the police over the rice and as more students got information, the situation degenerated.

“As we speak, some students are injured and receiving treatment at the school clinic,” he said.

He said some students picked up bags of rice and ran to their hostels and other places of residence even as the governor was yet to arrive to inaugurate the distribution.

As at the time of filing this report,  police officers were seen retrieving the palliatives from students.

When contacted, Mr Abraham Ekpo, Information and Protocol Officer of the University, said he was aware of the incident but yet to get details about it.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that  Sule recently embarked on a palliative initiative for students of tertiary institutions in the state.

He has  visited Federal University, Lafia, College of Education, Akwanga among others where he distributed 7.5 kg bags of rice and N5,000 to each students.

Source:The nation