There is a palpable tension among students and academic staff of Abia State University, Uturu, after three lecturers of the institution died on the same day.
A source in the school who craved anonymity disclosed that the three dons died on Friday in mysterious circumstances.
The PUNCH identified the deceased as Prof. A. I. Nwabughuogu of History and International Relations Department, Dr D. S. Okoroigwe of Geography/Planning Department and Dr Osince Okike of Political Science.
Although the causes of their deaths have yet to be ascertained as of press time, the source disclosed that many lecturers in the school were going through economic hardship.
He said, “We are being owed more than seven months’ salaries; the last time (we were paid) was January 2021.”
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Abia State University, Dr Victor Nkemdirim, confirmed the three deaths, describing the situation as unfortunate.
Efforts to reach a spokesperson for the varsity, Chijioke Nwogu, proved abortive, as his telephone line did not connect.
A text message sent to him had yet to be responded to as of the time of filing this report.