Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri
A student of the Delta State University, Abraka, has allegedly committed suicide after being handed two semesters extension by the school authorities following his poor results in his final year examination.
The deceased, Orumah Efemena, of the Pharmacy Department, was alleged to have ingested two containers of insecticide on Wednesday when he discovered that he would be spending another session in school.
It was gathered that this was the second time the victim would be repeating the class.
Some students of the department who spoke on anonymity confirmed the sad incident, saying that the deceased had been depressed after discovering he had been put on probation for another academic session.
Efemena, who was the eldest child of his parents, was said to have also received some query from his father on his poor result.
Sources said the deceased was found dead in his room in the hostel where he lived. He was said to have been rushed to the university health centre where he was pronounced dead.
A lecturer of the institution who also confirmed the incident said medical report indicated that the student took substances believed to be sniper.
It added that upon a check on his apartment, two empty containers of the product were discovered, confirming the report of the doctors.
Another student who simply identified herself as Amaka, said, “He was previously in class the day he died. He looked very happy and he exchanged jokes with his course mates. Some of his friends were even with him at home but after they left, he drank sniper and died.”
Amaka added that the deceased had since been buried on Thursday
When contacted, DELSU’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Freeborn Aganbi, neither confirmed nor denied the incident. He, however, asked our correspondent to give him some time to provide details.
Aganbi did not call back several hours after he was contacted. Efforts to contact him again also proved abortive as of the time of filing this report.
Similarly, the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Police Command, Andrew Aniamaka, said although he read about the incident on the social media, the matter was not reported to the police in Abraka.