A 27-year-old student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has reportedly killed himself for failing in his final year project last session and was made to repeat.
The deceased, who was identified as Adigun Olawale Emmanuel, from the Faculty of Agriculture, was believed to have died after he drank a pesticide.
In a social media note he reportedly left behind, the deceased indicated that he had been accused of ‘copy and paste’, a reference to plagiarism in research works.
Some neighbours of the deceased said he had been battling with depression since he failed to make the last graduation list of the institution.
The incident reportedly happened on Thursday at Oke-Odo, a student-populated area in Ilorin, Kwara State, but the corpse was only discovered on Saturday after neighbours noticed a foul smell coming from his room. When the door was broken, his bloated body was said to be found on the floor.
Findings show that the deceased had communicated his intention to end his life to a female friend who however pleaded with him to have a rethink and face the challenge like most other men.
According to available records from his social media interactions, the deceased had uploaded a picture of the Sniper on his WhatsApp page at about 5.14 pm, some two hours after he had lamented online about his situation to his friend.
He had opened the conversation at about 3.39 pm when he said in short statement: “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 not wake up again”.
His friend however responded with words of encouragement, “Don’t give up bros, it gets better”. And as if he had accepted the admonition, the deceased had then responded, “I pray xo, Thanks a lot for ur concern. I appreciate a lot. May God continue to bless you. Amen.”
However by the time he uploaded the Sniper picture, his friend apparently became frantic and pleaded with him not to take any wrong step. The friend said: “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”.
When contacted, spokesman for the university, Alhaji Kunle Akogun, said he was yet to be briefed about the incident.
Similarly, spokesman for the police command, Ajayi Olasanmi, said his office was yet to be briefed but promised to get in touch with the appropriate quarters on the development
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