Tragedy visited the Edo State owned Institute of Management and Technology, Usen yesterday as two of its students were reported killed when a vehicle ran into a barricade mounted on the Benin–Ore road by the students.
The students were said to be protesting the postponement o f their terminal examination by the lecturers over non-payment of their salary by the Edo State government.
It was also gathered that another student of the institute sustained serious injuries following the accident, and was taken to an undisclosed hospital.
It was learnt that the deaths of the students of the Institute of Management and Technology Usen is coming on the heels of a protest embarked on by students of College of Education, Igueben during which the protesting students allegedly seized an A K 47 Riffle of an anti-riot policeman.
It was further learnt that mask-wearing protesting students of the Institute of Management and Technology, Usen, had barricaded the Benin-Ore road and made bonfires along the road which resulted in a long vehicular traffic.
A Benin bound ash colored Kia vehicle which registration number could not be ascertained was stopped by the protesting students, but the driver of the vehicle in a bid to force his way was said to have ran into some of the students, killing two and injuring many in the process.
The driver of the vehicle was said to have fled into the bush after the incident and the angry students were reported to have damaged the vehicle.
When contacted, Edo State Police Command Public Relation Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi confirmed the students’ protest but said he was not aware of any accident leading to the death of any student.