Some students of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma in Bayelsa State, on Wednesday escaped death by the whiskers after a driver lost control of a Toyota Saloon car and ran them over.
The final year students of the department of Biochemistry had gathered for a mini party somewhere on the campus, to celebrate the successful completion of their last exams as students of the institution when the unfortunate incident happened.
Our correspondent learnt that while the celebration was on, the ill-fated car filled with other students suspected to be from another faculty approached the arena of the party and swept most of them away.
One of the students said:
“We had just finished our last paper and were all so excited. We had arranged a musical set, so we can dance and party after the exam.
“So, while we were enjoing ourselves, having fun, some people in a small Toyota car drove to where we were and ran us over. The people we are sure are from Engineering Department.
“It was like a movie, within seconds everywhere went blank. Our party ended, people were crying and shouting. The celebration turned to sadness but we thank God that nobody died but people sustained serious injuries.
“One of them has been arrested as the driver is seriously injured and hospitalized because he was hit on the head with a bottle. Another drove off with the car used for the act”, she said.
We gathered that some occupants of the car were immediately arrested while others escaped after the incident, just as those injured were rushed to the school’s sick bay for urgent medical attention.
There are however insinuations that the accident may not have been a mere one but premeditated, which has prompted colleagues of the affected students to call on the school authority to launch an investigation to unravel the truth.
A student who simply gave his name as Henry said:
“For me I don’t believe the car lost control or the brake failed, I believe that it was planned and targeted at someone among us. So, let the school’s management launch an investigation”.