There was confusion at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, in Anambra State on Saturday after three undergraduate students were found dead in their hostel.
The institution, Naija News learnt, had closed its last session on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, after the completion of its second-semester examination.
The school management, however, said it was shocking to learn about the untimely death of the undergraduate students.
Reports said the female students, all in their 200-level, were found dead inside their hostel rooms at the Igbariam campus of the varsity.
A source at the institution confirmed the identity of the students as Obidiaso Chidera (200-level Political Science student), Mercy (200-level Pharmacy student), and Emmanuella (200-level Business Administration).
It is yet unclear what led to their death but security operatives and the school authorities are on their toes to unravel the mystery behind the sad incident.
There are suspicions, however, that the deceased might have mistakenly locked themselves up in their room from outside.
“The students were locked up in the apartment. When we got access to the apartment, we found them lifeless with two of them on their beds in the room, while the third lifeless body was found in the kitchen,” an unnamed source told The PUNCH on Saturday.
While confirming the incident, the management of the institution said the death of the students came as a shock to it.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Dr. Harrison Madubueze, said the institution received the report of the incident with rude shock.
Madubueze said, “The university management received with rude shock the news of the death of three of its students. At the moment, the date, time and manner of their death are still uncertain.
“However, the security operatives are investigating the matter and at the appropriate time, they will make the findings public.”
The varsity mouthpiece stressed that the management was unaware that any of her students in the second-year class and above were still within the University environment.
According to him, the second-semester session had ended and students are expected to resume for the new session on October 1st, 2022.