Two students of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) drowned while taking selfies in a canoe on a river in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday evening.
The two students whose names were given as Olabiyi Emmanuel and Olokun Babatunde were both 300-level students of the university.
Olabiyi was said to be a student of the department of Agric and Environmental Engineering, while Olokun was a student of the department of Project Management Technology. President of the Students Union Government, Mr. Adeyinka Olasehinde who confirmed the incident, said the death of the two students had thrown the university into mourning.
Narrating how the incident happened, Olasehinde explained that four students went to a river close to the university and took selfies in a canoe stationed on the river.
He added that the canoe capsized while the students were taking the pictures.
Olasehinde hinted that two of the students narrowly escaped death because they knew how to swim, while two others were unfortunate.
He said the students who lost their lives were at the venue of their entrepreneurial training at the laboratory of the department of fishery and aquaculture behind great hall in Obakekere area of Akure.
He said the ugly incident occurred after the students had finished their training for the day.