The management of the University of Benin , Edo State, has commiserated with the family of one of its students , who drowned in the River Benue .
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr . Michael Osasuyi , who spoke to Southern City News on Monday , stated that the Vice -Chancellor , Prof . Faraday Orumwense , had paid a condolence visit to the parents of the deceased , one of whom was a professor in the university.
The deceased , who was identified as James Odiboh , was said to have participated along with his twin brother in the 2017 Nigeria University Games Association hosted by the Federal University of Agriculture , Makurdi .
It was learnt that Odiboh , a 200 – level student of Medical Laboratory Science , had gone to the river last week to swim on the final day of the games when the incident happened .
The lifeless body of the student was said to have been recovered and deposited in Madonna Hospital , Makurdi .
But Osasuyi , who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone , described the death of the student as a painful loss to the university community.
The institution ’ s PRO said , “It is a painful one . The vice- chancellor visited the parents of the boy . His father is a professor in the university.
“ The vice- chancellor went to commiserate with him and prayed for the family . It is actually a big blow to the university. He was one of the athletes .
He participated in the games with his twin brother. ”
Osasuyi added that the university would participate in the funeral rites of the deceased as a mark of honour .
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