Two Nigerian university students drown while taking selfie at school’s lake

One of the students being removed from the water dead
One of the students being removed from the water dead

Two students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, died on Saturday at the institution’s laboratory for fishery and aquaculture, after the canoe they were in capsized.

The students were identified as Olabiyi Emmanuel, a 300-level student of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, and Olokun Babatunde Alex, a 300-level student of the Department of Project Management Technology.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the bodies of the students were retrieved from the lake by officials of the Ondo State Fire Service.

According to a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the FUTA Students Union, Fowowe Ayomide, the students drowned at the place behind the Great Hall, Obakekere.

The statement said the accident occurred after a students’ entrepreneurship training, ENT, at the laboratory for fishery and aquaculture.

“After the training, four of them decided to take a selfie on the canoe packed at the venue, during that process, the canoe which the four of them were in capsized,” Mr. Ayomide said.

“They drowned inside the water, and two of them narrowly escaped because they were able to swim, while the other two found it difficult to swim which led to their death.”

The union urged all students to pay their last respect to their colleagues who lost their lives in the incident, while praying for the repose of the departed.

The FUTA incident occurred a week after a 200-level student of the University of Ilorin drowned at a swimming pool in a popular hotel in Ilorin.

Olaniran Samsudeen of the Arts Education department went to the hotel to swim along with his friends but died in the process.

The latest incident also occurs about two weeks after another student of the Obafemi Awolowo University drowned in a pool.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Fatile Emmanuel, a 300-level Pharmacy student, died in a hotel pool.


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  • Waandu

    SCRAP NYSC!!! We can’t keep losing our youth.

    • jamajake

      300 level students not NYSC

      • Madiba

        They hardly digest what they have read before typing.

  • Observation

    Are we sure these journalists from PT have their WAEC certipicates??? The caption on the photos read “…One of the students being removed from the water…”


    But both bodies are motionless on the ground. No one is “removing” any body. This is how 200 soldiers will be killed by Boko haram and you will report 20 soldiers as casualty.

  • IK

    Why take Selfie without clearance from the Mami Wata of the river? This is what Mungo Park failed to do at Jebba…and we all know what happened to him. I don’t know why Nigerians dont learn from history. By the way, give us Secession Referendum and stop this distraction

    • Mufu Ola

      Nothing like “Mami water”. It’s the creation of empty & superstitious minds.

  • Biafran

    Give us Biafra. Set a date for Secession Referendum now!

    • Malik Isah

      The igbo political leaders know the following which those suffering from the disease of
      self hatred of ‘cutting ones nose just to spite ones face’ cannot see:
      1. Your (real) biafra consist of only abia, anambra, ebonyi, enugu, imo
      2. The total land area of your biafra is smaller than the land area of Niger state alone and completely land locked
      3. Biafra does not have the space and resources to accommodate the activities of all the kidnappers, armed robbers, drug peddlers, fake drugs manufacturers and peddlers, fake goods manufacturers and peddlers, 419ers, assassins, etc
      4. You are not capable of accommodating your differences as exemplified by the refusal of one igbo village to accept a bishop nominated by the pope just because he is from a neighbouring village
      5. You are not trustworthy as exemplified by reports of killing of your business partners so as to keep the largess to your selves

      • GusO

        It’s also less than the land area of Oyo State. I said so sometime ago in Vanguard and some angry individual succeeded in deleting my comment. Since then, I’m unable to post a comment in Vanguard. I think they somehow recognize my computer IP number. But I don’t care.

        • Malik Isah

          That is what hatred does. They will cut their nose to spite their faces.

        • Fact Check

          Why do you have to bother how small Biafra or any other country that breaks away will be? Parasites like you are so desperate to survive that you no longer have common sense. You have forgotten that Norway & Kuwait both have less than 6million people jointly, but that is still 500,000 less than the people in Rivers State alone. Anambra state has a population of 5.8million people ans a Land mass of 200 sq/km bigger than Norway….And Norway is a peaceful country and has consistently remained the country with the highest standard of living in the last 4 years.

  • Arabakpura

    Why was basic safety rules of wearing life jackets not enforced and observed? I blame the university officials involved in this project; they were complacent and complicit!

    • GusO

      Do they have life jackets in Nigeria? I read about Nigerians dying all the time in packed boats on the River Niger and I often wonder why the commercial boat services do not provide life jackets for their passengers. I think Nigeria remains backward and most places do not have life jackets. Again life jackets do not have to be difficult to make locally by reverse engineering by an enterprising business. But, as a nation, we love to import every thing. If we have to wait to import them, it will take a zillion years before it’s available in most places in Nigeria.

  • Iragbijiile Grant

    They should make swimming mandatory for all students before going for labs of this nature.

  • Emmanuel

    If taking selfie is causing deaths, the school should buy a safer boat and let students pay to use it.

  • George

    I just pit their parents who wasted their monies sending them to school.

    Selfie when you should be reading. Are they only four there but over doing things spirit entered them and this is the result.

    See how their parents loses all their resources sending them to school if they knew this is how they are going to end they could have used their money to buy food items ahead of buhari madness organized by APC tinubu.

    Sorry parents pray in your next world if any you don’t give birth to morons.

    I wish all children safety, Amen.