A senior lecturer in Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE), Owerri, simply identified as Mr Echetama, has slumped and died in a lecture hall on Tuesday while teaching the students.
Joseph Okwulehi, the Acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the college, confirmed the death to newsmen in his office on Wednesday.
According to him, the Provost of the college is engrossed in a series of emergency meetings over the issue.
Okwulehi disclosed that the Management has advised the staff and students of the institution to be calm and wait for official position of the institution on the issue.
“I can confirm to you that a senior lecturer slumped in a classroom on Tuesday and was confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri,” he said.
It was gathered that Echetama, until his death, was a senior lecturer at the department of Business Education.
The incident has already forced students to keep away from lectures over a rumour that the sudden death of the lecturer was connected to COVID-19.
As at Wednesday, students were seen vacating school hostels, while others fled the school premises for the fear of contracting the dreaded virus.
Some of the students who spoke to NAN said they decided to avoid lectures when the rumour emerged that the lecturer died of Coronavirus complication.
Frederick Anyawu, a final year student of the institution, said the development has forced lecturers to suspend lectures, stating that students decided to keep away from the college until the issue is sorted out.
Okechukwu Eze, who is another student in the department of economics, said the development has caused skeletal activities in the institution. (NAN)