A UNN final year student, Samuel Elias, allegedly commits suicide.
A final year student of Department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, has allegedly committed suicide as he has been delayed since 2016 from graduating due to unfinished project, his mother claims. He committed suicide by drinking a poisonous substance.
The incident was said to have happened on Monday, June 17, at 5.30p.m at his home at Justina Eze Street, Nsukka.
His mother, Mrs Kate Eliias, a staff of the university narrating the incident said: “I came back from work on that fateful day and discovered that my first child was in a bad mood. He was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of coke from the fridge.
“I followed him immediately to his room and started talking to him, but he could not respond and when I looked closely he was clenching his teeth. “
I looked around and I saw an empty bottle of a poisonous substance. At that point, I raised the alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him palm oil. But his clenched teeth would not allow the oil enter his mouth.
“We immediately rushed him to Faith Foundation Hospital, Nsukka, where we were referred to Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, where he died.”
Reason why the UNN Final year student committed suicide?
The mother of seven said her 25-year-old son could have died of depression, noting that he had been lamenting of his inability to graduate from UNN because of his project.
She said also that her son had not been happy about how his late father’s family had abandoned them since their father died.
She said: “I know two things he usually complained about: his inability to graduate from UNN since 2016 because of the project that he has not finished, as his classmates have all gone for National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, programme.
“He also complained of how his father’s family in Ihechiowa in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State abandoned them since their father died.
“Whenever he complained of these things, I usually advised him to trust God who is capable of solving every problem. I do not know why he went to this extent of committing suicide.
“It still looks like a dream to me that my first son and first child has died.”
HOD, Police probes Reacting to this incident, Professor Tagbo Ugwu, UNN’s Head of Department of Religion and Culture, said somebody called him and told him about the incident.
According to him, “I received the news with rude shock and surprise. I will find out from his supervisor what is wrong with the project that has stopped him from graduating.”
Contacted, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, Enugu State Police Public Relations Office, said: “The Police is aware of Samuel Elias death, a final year student of Department of Religion and Culture in UNN, who committed suicide on Monday.
“Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.”
Just last month, a 1st class student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN Chukwuemeka Akachi, was reported to have committed suicide after dropping a suicide note on Facebook. The first class final year student of English and Literary studies had been been having a long battle with mental health.