Kingsley Etim, a 100-level student in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, has drowned at a pool party.
It was learnt that the incident happened at a hotel in Uyo at about 9:00pm on Saturday night during a party at the hotel’s swimming pool.
A witness who preferred to remain unnamed said the deceased was discovered by one of his colleagues who spotted him in the pool, after others have left the water for other recreations.
The deceased was said to have been rushed to the University of Uyo’s Health Centre, where he was confirmed dead after efforts to revive him failed.
“When my friends and I were about leaving the venue of the party to catch up with time before they locked our hostel, we heard someone had drowned in the pool. I was shocked because there was no sign of such and everyone had left the pool a long time ago.
“No one noticed he drowned probably because it was already dark and there was loud music. When he was brought out, people tried to revive him but it was all in vain,” she said.
When the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Akwa Ibom, Odiko Mcdon was contacted on phone, he confirmed the incident, saying it is unfortunate.
He said the police have commenced preliminary investigations into the matter to unravel more facts concerning the incident, adding that they have not foreclosed any foul play.
He noted that the corpse has been deposited in a mortuary as investigations continue on the matter.