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OAU Student Commits Suicide Over Poor Grades

by on October 29, 2017

A 16-year old 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mercy Afolaranmi, has committed suicide.

According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Miss Afolaranmi, poisoned herself.

Students and a neighbour close to the deceased also said she killed herself due to poor grade.

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“We got a call that one of our students took poison,” Mr. Oyatokun said. “We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”

A neighbour, Bimpe Oni, in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said Miss Afolaranmi, who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died on Thursday, after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”

Mrs. Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”

A student, Aisha, who was Miss Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

“Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed,” said Aisha. “She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”

Another student in the Faculty of Science, Opeyemi, said “she took poison because of result.”


The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the death of Miss Afolaranmi during a telephone conversation with journalists on Saturday.

“Although the reason and cause of her death is yet to be known, the division is aware of the death of Mercy,” she said.

“She was a student of department of Microbiology whose body has been taken to hospital for autopsy. When the result is out, the university community shall be communicated,” added Mr Aransi.

Before her death, on October 10, she posted on Facebook that: “Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”

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  • Jerry Adesina
    October 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    why should someone poison herself because of bad grade in a course she can as well resit for if eventually she failed it ? fortunately, she did not failed it but had E, i think something is wrong somewhere, physically or spiritually. To you student who are opportune to read this my text, why are you in school? is it to obtain a certificate which is as equal as just ordinary paper if it is not properly defend? i think it is high time you upcoming generation begins to believe in your ability rather than what mere paper call certificate can do for you. Did you for once ask yourself a question, what is the qualification of today richest man call Bill gate? so if you are able to answer this simple question, then you will know that your greatness in life as nothing to do with the certificate you obtain in school but your own seal and determination to be great in life. Therefore, to be great or poor in life, depends on you. Certificate does not make a man but man make certificate, likewise, Money does not make a man but man make money. Always think well…………………..


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