Precious Ogbeide, a graduate of Ambrose Ali University in Ekpoma, Edo State, has made a suicide attempt due to the university’s alleged failure to release his results and those of several other students who graduated in 2018.
Ogbeide, whose parents claimed he had been struggling with depression as a result of not receiving his results despite spending five years in the institution, began self-harming with pieces of a broken bottle.
Some aggrieved students from the university expressed their frustration at not receiving their degree results after completing their five-year programs, which has left them feeling demoralized and concerned about their future.
University graduate attempts suicide
According to these students, the university had repeatedly assured them that the backlog of results would be cleared, and those who had not yet been mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be addressed.
However, a source familiar with Monday’s incident disclosed that Ogbeide, overwhelmed by frustration, attempted to end his life.
The source, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “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 university’s Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, Mike Aladenika, suggested that students facing certificate and result issues may have had difficulties with some courses during their time at the institution.
He stated, “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 added.