A 200 level female student of the Niger State College of Education was on Monday crushed to death by a hit and run fuel tanker. Another student who was carrying the female student on his motorcycle was seriously injured and has been hospitalized at the IBB specialist hospital in the state capital.
Eyewitnesses said that it was suspected that the female student who was in the department of languages was pregnant as at the time she met her untimely death.
According to the eyewitnesses, the trailer’s break system failed from the city gate some 500 meters to the school and this caused it to ram into the motorcycle the deceased was being ferried upon.
The driver of the trailer could not control the vehicle until about a kilometer from the scene of the accident where the tanker was forced to stop.
The trailer driver was subsequently arrested and taken away by the police.
The incident caused a riotous situation as students of the college took to the road in protest of the death of the female student.
They blocked both sides of the road and stopped motorists from moving either into or out of Minna.
The appeal to the students by the Provost of the College Professor Abdurashid Umar Farouq fell on deaf ears.
Niger state acting governor, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Ketso had also visited the school to pacify the aggrieved students.
Police Public Relations Officer DSP Bala Elikana confirmed the incident and said investigation into the incident had commenced.