CRUTECH student drowns in pool on matriculation day

Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH)

A freshman at Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) has drowned in a swimming pool in Calabar.

Barnabas Otu was part of those formally received into the university on February 24. He was admitted into the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering.

Mr Otu drowned at a popular hotel in Akai Efa area of Calabar Municipal Local Government Area where he and other freshmen went to party to mark their matriculation.

“A group of CRUTECH students went to swim after their matriculation and that was how one of them drowned,” a source said.

“What really transpired is still uncertain as his friends refused to say anything.”

The police, it was learnt, did not allow the deceased’s family to take his corpse for burial as investigations were still ongoing.

The corpse had reportedly been deposited in the morgue of the General Hospital, Calabar.

CRUTECH spokesperson, Onen Onen, has confirmed the incident.