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Student drowns attempting to recover handset

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—Tragedy struck weekend at Rojenny Tourist Village, Oba near Onitsha,  when a student of  Tansian University,  Oba campus in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, drowned in the tourist village swimming pool.

The second year student of Computer Science, whose name was given as Chinedu Oraegbunam was said to have been found dead in the swimming pool on Good Friday by the management of the place.

Vanguard was told that before the unfortunate incident, Oraegbunam  had Thursday visited his friends residing in the tourist village.

A source who spoke to Vanguard on grounds anonymity, said  his friends had told him to go home because they could not accommodate him in their apartment. But seeing that  it was very late in the night, the source continued, “Oraegbunam had to beg a security guard attached to the  village to squat him till the morning.”

“On Friday, instead of Oraegbunam going home, he went to swim and after swimming  he dressed up. And rather than proceed home, he threw his handset into the deepest part of the pool and dived into the pool again probably to pick the handset,” said the source.

The source said when the deceased dived  into the pool,  he could not swim, the life guard at the pool on discovering that he was in trouble, dived into the pool to rescue him.

“In the process of trying to revive him and searching for a vehicle that would convey him to a nearby hospital, Oraegbunam who hailed from Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area of the state gave up the ghost,” said the source.

Another student and a friend to Oraegbunam, Jackson Elson, who allegedly visited him the previous day contacted his parents, who came and took him to Gateway Hospital where the body had been deposited.

When contacted,  the Divisional Police Officer of Ojoto, Mr. Evaristus Iloh,  confirmed the tragedy but said that investigation was on-going.

The Proprietor of Rojenny Tourist Village, Chief Romanus Ezeonwuka,  who denied that the deceased died in his pool said that his pool is one of the safest in the country, adding that he has one of the best life guard in Nigeria.

He accused the authorities of the Tansian University of blowing the incident  out of proportion and that they should be disregarded because the deceased was no more their student and they knew it,  yet they wanted to rope him in the death because he had always been against the unprofessional way the university is being run.


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