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Two students died, others injured as bridge collapses in ATBU, Bauchi
A pedestrian bridge at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Gubi Campus in Bauchi has collapsed, resulting into the death of two students, and leaving many other injured.
The incident was confirmed on Tuesday by Andee Iheme, Directors of Public Relations of the federal government University, Channels TV reported.
It was gathered that the bridge which linked one of the halls of residence and another building containing lecture theatres collapsed following heavy rainfall. The heavy downpour had caused flooding, later the bridge fell in.
“Last night students of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University were headed out to read in preparation for their exams, wrote a Twitter user identified as Khadeejah. A.
“After getting on this poorly built bridge within the school premises it gave away,” she tweeted.
The students are currently writing their first-semester examination.
Naziru Mohammed, President of the Student Union Government (SUG) also confirmed the death of the two students, and other injured students. He noted the bridge crumpled at midnight.
A message of condolences posted by the SUG on Twitter read: “It is with total submission to the will of Allah that we identify with the families of those that lost their lives as a result of a rainstorm that led to the collapse of the metal bridge in Gubi campus.
“May Almighty Allah grant the deceased eternal repose and their families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable losses. May the Almighty Allah grant quick recovery to those who sustained injuries as a result of the incident,” it concluded.
Even though two have been confirmed dead, the exact number of casualties is yet to be officially determined. Within the school, some students said some of their colleagues were still missing.
Meanwhile, the students of the university are currently protesting. They blamed the collapse on the institution’s authorities.