Based on reports from THE NATION, at least 11 students of the University of Ilorin were said to have fainted as they sat for an examination on Friday.
This is just as the authorities of the University have come out to debunk claims in some sections of the media that one of the students lost their life during the incident.
Sources within the University said that the stampede had occurred because of the population of students who were waiting to take their second semester exam at the CBT centre of the school was too much, leading to overcrowding.
It was as well gathered that the CBT centre which has a capacity of just 300, was not adequate enough to hold the more than 800 students in the 3 departments of Agric, Chemistry and Education. This eventually caused a stampede to occur as students were rushing to gain access to the hall.
The sources within the University blamed the unfortunate incident on the school authorities describing it as an administrative problem on their part. The school it was learned, had plans to end the second semester exams on the 26th of July in order to make room for the conduct of the Post UTME exams which was billed to hold between 27th – 30th July, 2019.
Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs in the University of Ilorin however said that, in stark contrast to the “mischievous rumour currently trending on campus, no Unilorin student died during the unfortunate incident at the CBT Centre on Friday.
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“It is true that some students fainted as a result of exhaustion during a mild stampede at the CBT exam venue due to impatience on the part of some students who, in a bid to get into the hall ahead of others, began to push their ways through. This got about 10 of their colleagues with less stamina to faint.
“They were promptly taken to the school clinic for treatment. Four of them were discharged immediately to continue writing their exams; six of them were kept for observation out of whom four were discharged in the evening of Friday while the remaining two have been discharged on Saturday morning.
“While regretting the unfortunate incident of Friday, the University management hereby appeals to our ever articulate students to always exercise patience while waiting to enter exam halls, especially for CBT exams.
“The CBT exams have been meticulously scheduled and adequate arrangements made to ensure that every student takes his/her examination without let or hindrance. So, there is really no reason for rushing.