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Students died from suspected drug overdose in hostel

The students who lived at Sunshine Castle Hostel, Ihiagwa reportedly died after an alleged group sex fueled by suspected overdose of Tramadol and Indian hemp.

One of the two boys involved in the group sex was found dead in the bathroom with soap in his hand while the other was reportedly found dead on top of his unconscious female friend.

The management of the University has confirmed that three out of the four students in the group sex have died.

Describing the incident as devastating, a student, Chibuike Oguoma, who spoke to Punch about the incident said the caretaker of the hostel alerted residents about the incident.

Federal University of technology, Owerri (FUTO) (Sunnewsonline)
Federal University of technology, Owerri (FUTO) (Sunnewsonline)

The undergraduate also urged security agencies to unearth the actual cause of the students’ deaths saying it’s hard to believe that the three students all died because of the drugs they took.

He said: “It was the caretaker who called and when we entered the room, we found one of the boys on top of the girl. He was already dead.

“The other one was found dead in the bathroom. He was holding a soap in his hand.

“The Police were alerted and came and carried all the bodies away. Indian hemp and Tramadol tablets were found in the room.

“Two of them had died before we opened the room, while the other two were rushed to the hospital. We want Police to do a thorough job in finding out the real cause of their deaths.”

Reacting to the incident, the university spokesperson, Uche Nwelue told Punch that the institution was still investigating the matter, adding that the identities of the victims were yet to be established.


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Deadline: 17 Apr 2018 (annual)
Study in:  USA
Course starts Oct 2018

Brief Description:

As an Obama Foundation Scholar, you’ll take part in a new program that combines a Master of Arts degree at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with a one-of-a-kind scholarship that includes access to exceptional experiences outside the classroom with the Obama Foundation. You’ll be part of a network of rising leaders.

Host Institution(s):

Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, USA

Level/Field of Study:

Master of Arts degree in International Development and Policy

Number of Scholarships:

Not specfied

Target Group:

People from around the world who are already making a difference – in civil society, in government, in the private sector, or as entrepreneurs.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions/Duration:

The scholarship covers tuition and expenses and provides a monthly living stipend, funding for books and course materials, and opportunities to experience unique out-of-the-classroom programming. Any travel costs for these experiences will also be fully covered.


The Foundation is seeking emerging leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:

• Significant work experience (typically 3-5 years or more) and professional accomplishments with a clear trajectory of increasing impact.

• Demonstrated record of community service or working for the public good, either through a full-time professional role or significant engagement outside of primary employment.

• Possess a clear focus on a global challenge or policy issue.

• A clear commitment to return to and reinvest your new skills in your community after the program concludes.

Application Instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Applicants will submit a single application for the Harris MA-IDP and the Obama Foundation Scholarship.  Applications are due Tuesday, 17 April 2018.

It is important to  visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application portal and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:  https://harris.uchicago.edu/obama-scholars


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