By Peter Duru
MAKURDI— An early morning inferno, yesterday, razed a block of the Benue State University, BSU, female hostel in Makurdi, the state capital.
The fire left over 200 students homeless while most of them also lost valuables to the inferno which started at about 10 a.m.
At press time, officers and men of the state fire service were seen battling to put out the fire while the affected female students were seen crying.
One of the affected students, a 300 level student of Mass Communication, Beatrice Ter, said: “I rushed back and saw a heavy smoke, I tried to save my belongings but it was too late. I lost several items including my iPad, credentials and cell phone.”
In his reaction, the Dean Students’ Affairs of the institution, Professor Armstrong Adejoh, attributed the incident to possible power fluctuation, adding: “You know we have been having the issue of epileptic power supply in the school. It could also be due to human error. However, we will set up a panel to determine the cause of the inferno.”
Prof. Adejoh who described the incident as traumatic, noted that the cooperation of the students helped to avert a major disaster in the institution.
He said the institution had put in place a temporary measure to relocate the over 92 identified affected students to a staff quarters.