2 suspected FUTO students dead, 2 others hospitalised after Indian hemp overdose

2 suspected FUTO students dead, 2 others hospitalised after Indian hemp overdose

- Some suspected students of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) have reportedly died following an overdose of Tramadol and Indian hemp

- The students died at Sunshine Lodge in Ihiagwa in Owerri west local government area in Imo state

- Also, two other people - one male and one female - who were said to have been involved in the act with the student have been hospitalised

Two people suspected to be students of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) have reportedly died from an over dose of Indian hemp and Tramadol in their room in Owerri.

The students - Ugochukwu Kingsley and Aka Uche - both male were said to have been confirmed dead after police in the state recovered their bodies from their hostel at Sunshine Lodge in Ihiagwa in Owerri west local government area in Imo state.

Vanguard reports that Ugochukwu and Uche's death occurred on Tuesday, April 2, at about 10.30 pm and was reported to the police division around 12 pm by the caretaker of the lodge.

Also, two other people identified as Onyinyechi Okafor (female) and Richard (male) were said to have been found unconscious in the same room.

They are currently receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the area.

Confirming the incident, the Imo state police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu said the two boys were confirmed dead at the hospital.

Ikeokwu said: “This incident happened in their hostel and the person who reported the matter is their caretaker. Two boys were confirmed dead at the hospital."

“However, there is unconfirmed report that the girl has died. The one I can confirm to you is that two were confirmed dead and that is the information from the DPO.

“The two dead were Ugochukwu Kingsley and Aka Uche, both male, while others said to have been hospitalised are Onyinyechi Okafor (female) and one Richard (male)," Ikeokwu added

Reacting to the incident, the spokesperson for the university, Uche Enwelue, said the institution is yet to confirm whether the affected individuals are bonafide students of FUTO

“We have heard the story but we are yet to confirm whether they are actually our students because we do have students from other areas coming to stay with their friends here. We will investigate to ascertain whether they are our students," Enwelue said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the first ever survey on drug use in the country has shown that 14.3 million people who are between the ages of 15 and 64 use drugs.

The survey also revealed that Nigeria is among some of the countries with the highest use of non-medical opioids in the world.

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The outcomes of the survey was released on Tuesday, January 29, and was carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Centre of Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) in collaboration with Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU).

The report of the survey also showed how there is a wide gap in catering for people who needs treatment and care for those with drug abuse.

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