A 200 level female student of the Niger State College of Education was yesterday crushed to death by a fuel tanker. Another student who was carrying the female student on his motorcycle was seriously injured and has been hospitalised at the IBB specialist hospital in the state capital. Eyewitnesses told THISDAY that it was suspected that the female student who was in the department of languages was pregnant at the time she met her untimely death. According to the eyewitnesses, the trailer which experienced a failed break system at the city gate some 500 meters from the school, rammed into the motorcycle on which the deceased was being ferried. The driver of the trailer could not control the vehicle until about a kilometre from the scene of the accident where the tanker was forced to stop.
The trailer driver was subsequently arrested and taken away by the police. The incident caused a riotous situation as students of the college took to the road in protest of the death of the female student. They blocked both sides of the road and stopped motorists from moving either into or out of Minna. The appeal to the students by the Provost of the College Professor Abdurashid Umar Farouq fell on deaf ears. Until the time of filing this report the protests by the students continued . Niger state acting Governor Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Ketso had also visited the school to pacify the angered students. Police Public Relations Officer DSP Bala Elikana confirmed the incident and said investigation into the incident had commenced.