Caption: Provost, College of Education Agbor, Duke Okobia
From Jessica Tamaraduoye, Asaba
Two students of the Delta State College of Education, Agbor, in Ika South local government area, were roasted to death in their sleep when their private hostel was gutted by strange fire on Tuesday night.
The victims simply identified as Favour and Ndidi, were said to be of the same family from Obiaruku in Ukwuani local government area of the state.
They reportedly returned on Monday evening to their hostel located close to the old campus of the institution, for a new academic session after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The fire, which reduced the six-room apartment hostel to rubbles, was said to have started at about midnight. The cause of the fire is however yet to be ascertained.
Others at the hostel said the victims came into their room late and as such those who noticed the fire early could not determined if there were persons in the rooms.
Their roasted bodies were later recovered by men of the Delta State Fire Service after putting out the fire.
One of the residents of the hostel said he lost everything in his room, adding that the inferno did not spare any property in the other rooms.
The corpses of the victims have been deposited at the morgue of the Central Hospital in Agbor.