The bodies of five prospective youth corps members who died in a motor accident last Wednesday have been interred in Akwa Ibom State.
The deceased who were on their way to the NYSC camp in Katsina State were involved in an accident along Abaji-Kwali Expressway, Abuja.
The corpse were conveyed in a military plane and received by the bereaved at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo on Wednesday amidst wailing amd gnashing of teeths.
The deceased include Innocent Upere and Victor Akpan, both graduates of Mass Communication, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic; Miracle Asuquo, graduate of Psychology; Stella Ekikoh, graduate of Sociology and Anthropology and Coleman Ezuruike, graduate of History and International Studies. The last three are graduates of the University of Uyo.
Late Ekikoh, an indigene of Ekpemiong Itak and Akpan, an indigene of Nung Ukim Ikot Abia, both in Ikono Local Government Area, were buried in their hometowns Wednesday.
How the young Nigerians died
Christiana Essien, one of the survivors of the autocrash which claimed the lives of corps members who were on their way to participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) revealed what went wrong inside the commercial bus before the incident.
“The driver had fallen asleep on the car steering wheel,” she said.
The bus was travelling at night from Uyo, Nigeria’s South-south, to Katsina, in the North-west region, when the accident occurred along Abuja-Abaji-Kwali Expressway on Wednesday around 4 a.m.
Four of the victims were from Akwa Ibom State, while one was from Imo State.
The Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura, confirmed that two of their graduates were among the dead.
The Rector of the institution, Moses Umobong, in a statement on Thursday, identified the deceased as Innocent Ukpere and Victor Akpan, who were graduates of Mass Communication.
The other three have been identified as Miracle Asuquo, graduate of Psychology; Stella Ekikoh, graduate of Sociology and Anthropology; and Ezuruike Coleman, a graduate of History and International Studies, all of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo), Akwa Ibom State.
Christiana Essien, who survived the accident disclosed that all the occupants of the bus hired the bus just by the gate of the town campus of the Uniuyo, and that they departed Uyo around 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Essien, a Uniuyo music graduate, was also going to Katsina for the NYSC programme.
“Sixteen of them were inside the bus,” she said.
Nine of them were going to Katsina, while others were going to Kano State, except one person who was going to Niger State.
Essien said the driver occasionally dozed off while driving, and would sniff some snuff (dried tobacco), apparently with the hope that it could help him to stay awake.