The management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, Akwa in Anambra state, has released an official statement following the death of a final year student in the school, which has led to a protest by his colleagues.
The student had accused the school of negligence over the death of Francis Chindeu Mmadubuobi, who reportedly slumped during a Basketball match.
Francis was a 400 level student of the Department of Applied Microbiology and Brewing.
The school authorities say they acted promptly when Francis slumped but that he had died before he was rushed to the hospital.
Read the statement below
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.
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.
May his gentle soul find solace in the bossom of our Lord, Amen
Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu
Director, Information, Public Relations and Protocol,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University.