A building housing several classrooms at Diamond Grammar College, Ikang under Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, has collapsed, killing two students and leaving several others seriously injured.
The tragedy, according to findings by SaharaReporters, occurred on Friday afternoon as students were sitting for an exam in the school.
The incident, it was further gathered, happened while it was raining heavily that fateful afternoon.
“I saw at least two dead bodies and several injured students being moved out of the school immediately after the building collapsed.
“It was a very horrible sight on Friday; everywhere was in chaos as a result of the incident.
“The heavy rain compounded the whole problem as it made evacuation of students involved in the building collapse quite difficult for rescuers,” an eyewitness living close to the school told SaharaReporters.
Revealing that the incident has thrown several families in the town into distress, another resident of the community, Joshua Nnoji, said that only little help has come to families whose children were affected by the tragedy since Friday.
“It is individual and community efforts that have been helping affected families manage the situation since Friday when the building collapsed.
“We have not seen any tangible response from the government. Many of the injured are still in the hospital and need intensive treatment that costs a lot of money. Government should help the families as the burden is too much on them,” he said.
When contacted over the incident on Monday, Commissioner for Quality Education in Cross River State, Mr Godwin Amanke, did not respond to calls and a text message sent to his mobile number.
Spokesperson for the police in the state, Irene Ugbo, a Superintendent of Police, promised to call back our correspondent, who contacted her also on Monday as she was in a meeting at the time.
She had, however, yet to do so as of the time of this report.
SaharaReporters, New York