Withheld Results: Varsity graduate attempts suicide in Edo
Precious Ogbeide, a graduate of Ambrose Ali University in Ekpoma, Edo State, committed suicide because the purported university refused to provide him and several other students with their results after they graduated in 2018.
It was learned that Ogbeide, whose parents stated he was depressed due to his inability to receive his results after five years in school, began stabbing himself with broken bottle parts.
Some angry school students have complained about not receiving their degree results after completing the study for five years, stating that the circumstance had demoralized them.
As a result of the development, they believe they face a grim future.
It was gathered from the aggrieved students that the tertiary institution had been promising them that the backlog of results would be cleared and students who were yet to be mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps scheme would be settled.
However, a source, who was privy to Monday’s incident, told our correspondent that Ogbeide became frustrated and decided to end his life over the matter.
The source, who craved anonymity, said, “I received a call at about 3:30 pm on Monday that Ogbeinde had been rushed to the hospital. I was told he had been showing signs of depression and that they had tried to help in every possible way they could.
“The mother told me that he just stood up all of a sudden with a bottle and smashed it on the floor. They told me it was a slip. But he started to pierce his neck and body with the pieces of the broken bottle.
“It was the efforts of his relative present at the time of the incident that overpowered him before he was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
“He said he was tired of everything. He said he had not been able to face his parents and family members after going to school for five years without any result to show for it.
“He could not get a job because they kept asking him to provide his certificate. He said any time he met those who could help him get a job, they would tell him to wait for his result. He was just fed up with the whole thing and became frustrated that his future was on hold.”
Meanwhile, the school, through the Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, Mike Aladenika, had said that the students affected by certificate and result issues might have had issues with some courses during their time in school.
“If you had graduated and done all you were asked to do while you were a student, you would not have problems with your results.
“Some of the students who did not take cognizance of the deficiencies they had with their courses are the ones facing these challenges,” Aladenika stated.