Some students of the Rivers State University are currently in etention after a colleague with whom they went to swim got drowned.
The deceased identified as Emmanuel was saiid to be a student of Marine Engineering Faculty.
Emmanuel reportedly hailed from Ogun State.
According to ‘The Nation’, police and spokesperson of the university, Sam Kpenu, have conformedd the incident, noting that said that the remains had been deposited at the mortuary.
Kpenu said, “A year one student from the Rivers State University of the Faculty of Marine Engineering, Mr Emmanuel, lost his life at the Olympic swimming pool at the Abuja Campus of UNIPORT.
He was accompanied by some of his friends,namely Prince and Bright. The corpse has been deposited at the the UPTH morgue after the SUG President of RSU identified him.
The friends were consequently arrested and detained at the Choba police station as investigations commence.””
Also speaking on the incident, the Vice-Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Owunari Georgewill, said the swimming pool would only be opened to professional uses.
“We wish to inform all staff and students that the University of Port Harcourt swimming pool is an Olympic size swimming pool and henceforth we are placing a ban on pleasure swimming in the pool.
“Kindly bear with us as this is done to forestall further unfortunate incidents as it happened yesterday Sunday 12th September 2021. We lost a student of Rivers State University who came to swim for leisure with his three friends.”