100 level student of OAU commits suicide over poor grades

Mercy Olamide Afolaranmi, a student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife, 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.

“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 Student, Opeyemi, said “she took
poison because of result.”

The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the news.
“Although the reason and cause of her death is yet to be known, the division is
aware of the death of Mercy,” she said.

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