On the closing day of Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) in Makurdi, Dr. Omeche Onoja, Chairman, NUGA games medical and sanitation subcommittee confirmed that a student of the university of Benin had drowned at River Benue.
Although the name of the student has not been disclosed, it was reported that the student had gone to the river to swim when the incident occurred. His corpse had been deposited at Madonna Hospital in Makurdi.
“We had a distress call from some students of the situation but on reaching the river, we found the lifeless body of the student, who has been identified by his colleagues. He was said to have participated in some games.”
“The whole incident could have been avoided”, Onoja said. The Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) Games was hosted by the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM). Fifty-seven universities participated.