Final year student killed himself due to drug addiction, not project failure - UNILORIN

Final year student killed himself due to drug addiction, not project failure - UNILORIN

- The management of UNILORIN has given an update on the university’s final student who killed himself

- The institution said the deceased took his life due to his addiction to drug, adding that reports that the suicide had something to do with his academic challenges were false

- The university’s spokesperson appealed to parents and guardians to be up and doing in their responsibilities to their children and wards

The management of the University of Ilorin on Friday, December 7, said that investigations by the institution revealed that its student, late Adigun Emmanuel, committed suicide as an eventual culmination of drug addiction.

The director of corporate affairs of the university, Kunle Akogun, made the revelation in a statement which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.

Akogun stated that late Emmanuel of the Faculty of Agriculture “resorted to the unsavory action to ventilate his frustration over his failure in his final year project."

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“Adigun Emmanuel Adewale of the Faculty of Agriculture, committed suicide last Thursday November 29, 2018,” he explained.

He said that the university after a painstaking investigations revealed that late Adigun took his own life as an eventual culmination of his pathetic drug addiction.

The director further stated that the student must have unwisely adopted drugs to address the prolonged depression he suffered as a result of personal challenges he could not bear.

“Some close friends of the late Adigun revealed that the obviously depressed student had unsuccessfully attempted suicide thrice, having publicly expressed profound regrets on many occasions," he said.

Akogun said that the student had complained that it was his nagging younger sister that was sponsoring his education. He said late Adigun had 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.

The university spokesman added that the deceased, has a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.72 and failed results in seven different courses.

The director of corporate affairs of the institution further said that the performance accounted for late Adigun’s non-graduation in the last academic session.

Akogun said that the deceased was neither considered academically outstanding nor on the verge of completing any research project. He added that it was clear that the late Adigun, who hailed from Oyo state, never completed the series of enabling experiments that would have given him the data needed for his research.

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“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," he said.

According to him, a senior academic staff of the deceased’s Department of Agronomy got wind of Adigun’s psychological problem through their interactions. He further said the staff tried to offer series of assistance to him to avert the regrettable consequence.

Akogun said: “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.”

He explained that some of the measures taken by the university management to soothe the nerves of the deceased included a four-week intensive rehabilitation at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, (UITH).

“Other assistance includes the facilitation of hostel accommodation for him on campus through the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Gbadebo Olaoye, and a soft loan granted him.”

Akogun added that despite all these rehabilitative efforts the deceased still resorted to the despicable act of suicide to the consternation of all those who assisted him one way or the other.

According to him, media reports that the suicide had something to do with the deceased’s academic challenges at the University of Ilorin were false.

The spokesman warned that this is a “manifested testimony” of the increasing danger of drug addiction and peer pressure.

“While the university commiserates with the late Adigun’s family over the unfortunate incident, it appeals to parents, relations and guardians to be up and doing in their responsibilities to their children and wards,” he said.

He added that such care was necessary so that their children would grow up to live a decent life.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Emmanuel Animashaun, the president of University of Ilorin students’ union body on Monday, November 26, said the institution's charges were the lowest in the country.

Animashaun made this known at a press conference organised by the union to mark its administration’s first 100 days in office.

He added that the students have realised that, in spite of the hike in school fees and other charges by other universities, the University of Ilorin school charges remain the lowest among Nigeria’s universities. ( upgrades to to serve readers better

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