UNIBEN to treat students injured in accident
From Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin
AUTHORITIES of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have offered to give free medical treatment to survivors of a motor accident, which occurred at the school gate on Monday night and claimed two lives.
A Lagos-bound truck had rammed into two shuttle buses commuting passengers from the campus. The said truck was later set ablaze by angry by-standers but the driver was said to have escaped.
According to Edo State Zonal Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Zakari Ndah, the accident occurred at about 7.30 p.m. He said the driver of the truck was suspected to have been drunk, which led to the swerving of the truck from its lane, adding that the truck had no number-plate.
He confirmed that two persons died and the 15 who sustained injuries, have been taken to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for treatment.
Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, the university spokesperson, Eddy Akpomera, said none of the students died in the accident, adding that 12 of the 15 students taken to the hospital have been treated and discharged.
"The university is concerned about its students who were injured. Ten were rushed to the UBTH. As at this morning, seven of them have been discharged, another five were rushed to the school health centre and they were treated and discharged.
"Vice chancellor of the university and the acting Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UBTH toured the wards to see all those who were injured. The university is picking the bills of all the injured. The acting CMD said there was no life was lost", Akpomera said.