Parents want dead Nigerian student buried in Cameroon
Jalingo, April 23, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Parents of one of the three Nigerian students who were killed during a tornado in Cameroon last week want his remains buried in that country.
The Deputy Register, Information and Publication, of Taraba State University, Mr Sanusi Sa’ad, said in Jalingo that Mr Mohammed’s parents communicated their wish on the burial to the authorities of the institution.
Mr Sanusi Sa’ad said their wish had already been communicated to Cameroonian authorities.
The Nigerian university authorities, however, said the management of the institution will send a delegation to Cameroon to help repatriate the remains of other two students for burial.
The three studentswere killed by falling trees during an academic tour on April 16.
The members of the the Department of Biological Science were conducting a research in Bouba Njidda National Wild Life Park, when a devastating storm caught up with them.
The victims were part of 50 students and six members of staff of Nigeria’s Taraba State University who were on an excursion to the Bouba Ndjida National Park, North regional governor Jean Abate Edi’i told state television, CRTV
“Following a tornado during their study mission to the park, a big tree unfortunately fell on the delegation, killing three and leaving 16 others with injuries,” the governor said
Sixteen other students and the Head of Department, Dr Robert Houmso, who sustained injuries during the rainstorm are currently receiving treatment at the Garoua Hospital in Cameroun.
The dead trio were identified as Nancy Sam-Achak, Grace Thomas and Yusuf Mohammed, the president of the department’s students’ association.
Bouba Ndjida National Park is home to several animal species, including the endangered canid.
In 2012, heavily armed poachers from Chad and Sudan massacred several savannah elephants in the park.
Six troops and two guides were killed in the park in February during a clash with heavily-armed poachers on horseback.