LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A student of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, identified as Edidiong Monday, has been found dead and floating in an alleged forbidden river in the Abiakpo community of the State.
Vanguard gathered that the corpse of the National Diploma (ND) II student of the Department of Electrical Electronics Engineering was found floating in the river by some residents of the Abiakpo community,
Findings revealed that the Abiakpo community in the Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, where the incident happened, shares a boundary with the host community of the polytechnic, Ikot Osurua.
According to sources, Edidiong went with some of his friends to swim in the river, where strangers in the community are allegedly forbidden to swim or bathe.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Moses Umobong, expressed sadness over the incident, said: “You see, we tell students if you are living on the campus or off campus follow our instruction. We have boreholes everywhere in the school. This particular boy lives off campus. And in the compound where he was living, there is water.
“The villagers have always been telling them (those living off campus) they should not go to that river to swim or bathe. If you are not from there, don’t go there. I don’t know what he (the deceased) went there to do. So, he went with other friends and the river took him. That’s how he died.
“So, I am told the father came and met with the villagers and gave the village money to do the ritual and bury him there. It is sad. The problem is that if you tell them to remain within the campus, do whatever you want to do on the campus, they don’t listen.”