Scores of youths in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, rampaged through the town on Wednesday to protest the death of six pupils in a fatal road accident.
The deceased were pupils of Kingdom Heritage Nursery and Primary School, Eket.
Eyewitnesses said the pupils, whose identities could not be ascertained, met their untimely deaths when their school vehicle fell into a ditch on Eket-Ibeno Road, last month.
They said before the school driver lost control of the vehicle, he tried in vain to dodge many bad spots on the road.
The eyewitnesses said apart from those who died on the spot, other undisclosed number of pupil’s sustained severe injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital.
It was learnt that the deaths of the pupils sparked off Wednesday’s protest as youths felt the pupils would have lived if the road were in good order.
One of the protesters, who craved anonymity, said because of the dilapidation of the Eket-Ibeno road, many road mishaps had taken place there.
He said the road had paved the way for frequent cases of kidnapping, armed robberies, as criminals usually capitalised on the bad road to waylay innocent road users and residents.
He said due to the situation of the road, youths in the area had given the relevant authorities several ultimatums to rehabilitate the road.
He said unfortunately, their appeals and threats to the authorities and major stakeholders had always been ignored.