FUTA contacts parents of drowned student who died trying to take a selfie. 


​The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has formally contacted the parents of their two students who drowned on Saturday at a fishing pond while trying to take a selfie.

Students drowned trying to take a selfie
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Verifying this incident, the spokesperson of the institution, Gbenro Adebanjo, said the institution commiserated with the victim’s parents.

He said: “FUTA reiterates its commitment to the safety of its students and safety measures where the the incident took place are already being reviewed in order to prevent future occurrence.”

The victims, part of the students who had a compulsory entrepreneurship practical lesson, decided to have a selfie photo using a canoe at a nearby pond.

The canoe capsized and the victims fell into the pond.

Adebanjo further said rescue efforts were mobilized immediately which was overseen by the Dean of Students, Professor Kayode Alese.

“Two of the students were rescued minutes after the incident, while despite all efforts two of them Olabiyi Emmanuel from the department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (AGE) 300 level, and Olokun Babatunde Alex, from the department of Project Management Technology (PMT) 300 level, died.

“The university is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident. The parents of the students have all been notified.

“Our prayers are with them at this very trying and difficult times and the university commiserates with them and pray that the Almighty God will grant them the fortitude to bear the painful loss,” Adebanjo said.

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