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01.10.2008 Education

KNUST Student Found Dead In Room

A first-year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi was on Sunday discovered dead in his bed at his hall of residence at the university.

Dauda Mohammed Muniru, a first-year History and Political Science student, was found dead in Room 303 of Unity Hall, Block B, about 10.00 a.m. on Sunday.

He was said to have retired to bed on Saturday before his three other roommates also went to bed but he did not wake up again until his colleagues discovered him dead the following day.

His roommates reportedly told the university authorities that Muniru, who was a Muslim, had been noted for sleeping in the mornings since Muslims started their fast.

They said it was also normal for him to retire to bed early so that he could wake up at dawn to eat and pray.


Therefore, it was normal for them when they came to the room around 10.00 p.m. on Saturday to find him sleeping.

They said they woke up on Sunday morning to find him still sleeping and assumed that he had woken up earlier to eat and start fasting and that was why they never bothered to disturb him.

They said around 10.00 a.m. when they tried to wake him up they discovered that he was motionless.


That was when his cellphone kept ringing. They said it was then that it occurred to them that they had not heard him wake up at dawn to eat and pray as he usually did.

Confirming the incident to the Daily Graphic, the Unity Hall President, Mr George Tetteh Wayoe, said the roommates, after discovering that their colleague was stiff and cold, quickly reported the incident to the hall executive, after which the body was taken to the University Hospital, where it was confirmed dead.

He said information indicated that the deceased had not complained of any sickness prior to Saturday and their checks also indicated that he had not visited the hospital to complain of any sickness.

He said it was believed that Muniru was from the Ejura area in the Ashanti Region.

The acting University Relations Officer, Mr Solomon Panford, also confirmed the incident to the Daily Graphic and said the body had since been placed at the morgue at the University Hospital, awaiting autopsy.

He said the authorities were waiting for a post-mortem report to be able to know the cause of death and added that the relations of the deceased had not been contacted as of Monday.

Story by Enoch Darfah Frimpong