Student committed suicide due to drug addiction, not project failure —UNILORIN management clarifies

The Management of the University of Ilorin has denied reports that one of its students, Adigun Emmanuel, committed suicide recently because he failed his project.

In a statement signed and released by its Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, Kunle Akogun, said that investigation into Adigun's death, shows that he died as a result of drug abuse.

The news of Adigun's death went viral on Tuesday, December 4th after it was widely reported that the student of the Faculty of Agriculture, committed suicide in his apartment at Oke Odo Area of Ilorin, Kwara State after he was made to repeat his final year project for the second time. Adigun told his friends that he was accused of plagiarizing his project work. As a result, he wasn't allowed to graduate with his mates. This led him into depression and he allegedly locked himself in his room on Thursday, 29th of November, and drank a pesticide called Sniper.

The school's director of Corporate Affairs, however, said that the university after carrying out its investigation has discovered that late Adigun took his own life as an eventual culmination of his drug addiction.

According to Akogun, Adigun took to drug abuse as a way to deal with his prolonged depression. He said the deceased told his friends that it was his younger sister that was sponsoring his education and that it would be very shameful for him to go back to her the second time to tell her that he failed his project defence which is compulsory for any student to pass before graduation.

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

Akogun said the deceased had a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.72 and failed results in seven different courses.

The school's management added that the media reports that the suicide had something to do with the deceased’s academic challenges at the University of Ilorin were false.
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