A day that was meant to be a joyful celebration turned into a tragic ordeal for the final year students of accountancy and business marketing at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. The students had completed their examinations on August 11, 2023, and were partaking in their signout ceremony, which ended in a horrifying accident.
During the carnival-like event, a distressing incident occurred involving a student allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The student, who was behind the wheel, lost control of his vehicle, resulting in a series of unfortunate events. Witnesses on the scene reported that several students had hung onto the moving car in an exuberant display of celebration.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, one student hanging onto the car fell from the front bonnet as the vehicle swerved. Tragically, the car ran over this group of students, resulting in severe injuries. Eyewitnesses recounted the harrowing moment when three students were crushed under the weight of the car. Among the victims were two female students and one male of Graduating Accountancy Class.
All of the victims were swiftly rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention.
This incident has sent shockwaves throughout the university community, especially considering that the institution had previously issued a directive cautioning against excessive and unsafe celebrations during signout events. This unfortunate incident has occurred in close proximity to the issuance of this directive
Despite the gravity of the situation, the university administration has yet to release an official statement regarding the incident. At present, the focus remains on ensuring the survival and recovery of the injured students. The incident serves as a somber reminder of the consequences that can arise from reckless and irresponsible behavior during celebrations.
The entire university community and concerned citizens extend their thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families during this distressing time. As the investigation unfolds, questions are raised about student safety during celebratory events and the role of institutions in promoting responsible behavior among their students.