The authority of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, has confirmed the studentship status of three out of the four students, who died at the Sunshine Castle Hostel, Ihiagwa, after allegedly taking tramadol and Indian hemp.
The institution, through its Public Relations Officer, Uche Nwelue, said after investigation, it was able to identify three of the victims as students of the university.
Nwelue said checks in the school’s student data system confirmed that the three males, who allegedly took part in the sex orgy and died at the hostel near the institution, were students of FUTO.
The university’s spokesperson said, “I can now confirm to you that all the three boys, who took part in the alleged sex incident after an alleged drug overdose, were students of the university.
“The only female among them is not our student; she is from the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede. That is the true situation of things as it concerns the studentship of the victims.”
Asked what the university would do now that it had confirmed that three out of the four students were from the institution, Nwelue stated, “The university is actually handicapped as it relates to this matter.
“The incident happened outside of the campus of the university. We do not have control over their lifestyle outside the campus. Moreover, the school has rules and regulations guarding every student here.
“If any of them breaks it, we will punish him/her once he/she comes back to school. But beyond this, parents should watch their children and encourage them to live in hostels on the campus. It will make them to be more serious and dedicated to their studies.”