Lorry crushes female student to death in Niger

Tragedy struck on Monday as a final year female student of the Department of English Language Education, Niger State College of Education, Minna, was crushed to death by a lorry after the driver lost control on the highway directly opposite the school campus.

The incident occurred in the morning when the deceased, said to be pregnant, was on a commercial motorcycle going to the college to receive lectures.

The driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle as a result of brake failure.

The motorcyclist was said to be lucky as he escaped death by the whiskers.

He was said to have sustained minor injuries as his motorbike was also slightly damaged.

It was gathered that irate students of the institution blocked the road to protest the killing of their colleague.

It was, however, gathered that the irate students allegedly refused to be placated by a detachment of policemen sent to the college to restore peace until the policemen had to fire canisters of tear gas.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Niger State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the accident, saying that the driver of the Tipper lorry had been arrested and undergoing investigation.

The police spokesman, however, stated that he could not ascertain the name of the deceased student as at the time of going to the press.

Nigerian Tribune however gathered that the families of the victim collected her dismembered body for burial yesterday according to Islamic rites.