DRUG ABUSE: HOW UNILORIN STUDENT COMMITTED SUICIDE; HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT –MGT.

DRUG ABUSE: HOW UNILORIN STUDENT COMMITTED SUICIDE; HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT –MGT.

Adigun Obadara.

In what seems to be a disturbing trend among young people in Nigeria today, another young man in his mid twenties and a final year student of University of Ilorin, Emmanuel Olawale has taken his own life over unclear circumstances.

Earlier claims gathered from students was that he probably committed suicide due to his failure to graduate with a second class (upper division), as he had wanted to.

Another source said his inability to make the 34th graduating list of the university, led to his suicide mission.

He was said to have died after consuming “sniper”, a dangerous pesticide which he used as his profile picture on his WhatsApp on the day he died.
In a social media interaction with one his friends, he had chatted about how he was accused of plagiarism as he referred to it as “copy and paste”.

He complained bitterly to this friend, (name withheld), about how he was tired of the whole thing.

Here are excerpts from the chat he had with the female friend about 3.39 pm last Thursday:

His friend on seeing his “DP”, chatted:

“Wale Abeg, Calm Down. Abeg You In the Name of God. Nothing Happen wey God no know about ooo please don’t do anything stupid ooooo”.

Then he responded later;
“same research work. He said I did copy and paste. Ever since den, things changed from bad to worst. Am in a deep mess @the moment. My life don tire me. I feel like dying. I wish I can sleep and wake not wake up again”.

Friend responded:

“Don’t give up bros, it gets better”
Deceased response: “I pray xo, Thanks a lot for ur concern. I appreciate a lot. May God continue to bless you. Amen.”

Not even the encouraging words of his friend changed his mind on ending his life as his lifeless and already decomposing body was to be discovered two days later in his apartment Oke-Odo community, a student populated area in Ilorin metropolis.

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The stench from his room had attracted the neighbours who broke the door to his room only to find his bloated body on the floor.

Meanwhile, the management of the University of Ilorin, has provided further information about the deceased.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Information in the University, Mr. Kunle Akogun, an investigation the management conducted over the recent death of one of its students, Mr. Adigun Emmanuel Adewale of the Faculty of Agriculture, revealed that “the student took his own life as an eventual culmination of his pathetic drug addiction which he must have unwisely adopted to address the prolonged depression he suffered as a result of personal challenges he could not bear”.

The university also debunked insinuations that the suicide had anything to do with the deceased’s academic challenges at the University of Ilorin, adding that it is a “manifested testimony” of the increasing danger of drug addiction and peer pressure, “as it was reliably gathered that a son of his landlady, who was also his friend, schooling in a sister tertiary institution in Ilorin, also terminated his own life in similar circumstance not quite long ago”.

The statement also said that friends of the late student confirmed that the deceased had attempted suicide on three occasions before he eventually took his life.

“Some close friends of the late Mr. Adigun revealed that the obviously depressed student had unsuccessfully attempted suicide thrice, having publicly expressed profound regret, on many occasions, that it was his “nagging younger sister” that was sponsoring his education.

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“He was further reported to have lamented that it would be too difficult for him to approach the same younger female sibling for the needed finances to complete his extended stay on campus as a result of his failure in several core courses!

“The University added that, contrary to the speculations that the deceased, with a CGP of 2.72 and failed results in 7 different courses, which accounted for his non-graduation in the last academic session, could neither be said to be academically outstanding nor on the verge of completing any research project.

“The University made it clear that the late Mr. Adigun, who hailed from Oyo State, never completed the series of enabling experiments that would have given him the data needed for his research and that he took his life while he was expected to complete registration formalities, a prerequisite for his retake of all the courses he had earlier failed!

The statement added that when a senior academic staff of the deceased’s Department of Agronomy got wind of the late Mr. Adigun’s psychological problem through their interactions, she offered series of assistance to him to avert the regrettable consequence.

It was added that his alleged drug addiction, courtesy of peer group influence, frustrated all the rehabilitative assistances that were rendered to him to the awareness, admiration and appreciation of his family members.

The University said that some of the measures taken by the management and good-spirited members of staff to soothe the nerves of the deceased included a 4-week intensive rehabilitation at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, courtesy of the Professor, who also adopted him as her Mentee; the facilitation of hostel accommodation for him on campus through the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Professor Gbadebo Olaoye; and a soft loan granted him by the same Mentor, even while she (the Mentor) was in far-away Nairobi, Kenya, some days to the incident to settle his school fees.

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Mr. Akogun added that despite all these rehabilitative efforts to place the deceased in the right frame of mind, Adigun still resorted to the despicable act of suicide to the consternation of all those who assisted him one way or the other.

While the University commiserated with the late Mr. Adigun’s family over the unfortunate incident, it appealed to parents, relations and guardians to be up and doing in their responsibilities to their children and wards so that they (the children) would grow up to live a decent life.

The University, while assuring stakeholders of its commitment to the provision of qualitative education and other forms of services to its students, urged the media to always verify their stories before going on air or rushing to the press and never based their reportage on hearsay so as to prevent the misrepresentation of facts.

The police in the state is yet to speak on this matter as the PPRO of the state command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said that his office was also yet to be briefed but promised to get in touch with the appropriate quarters on the development.

Chinwe Ugele

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