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OAU Students Commits Suicide Over Poor performance

By Adejumo Kabir

A student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Kolapo Olowoporoku, committed suicide after repeatedly failing some courses.

Mr Olowoporoku who was an ‘extra year’ Computer Science student ought to have graduated two sessions ago but was delayed as a result of two outstanding courses.

It was gathered that the deceased, who served as the general secretary of his departmental association in 2016, swallowed a poisonous substance, which led to his death on Sunday.

In 2017, a female student of the institution also took her life owing to poor performance in one of her courses.

This newspaper published how late Mercy Folaranmi, took poisonous substance because she had a grade ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

Ayo Oyewole, a student said the death of Mr Olowoporoku came as a rude shock. He added that the department was yet to get full details of the incident, as at the time of filing this report.

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Meanwhile, the university Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun told our correspondent that they have no knowledge of the death.

“I also read it online. They said he killed himself because he failed some courses but I don’t have any information on that,” he said.

A very close friend of Mr Olowoporoku, who preferred to be identified as Mayowa, disclosed that his is death may be connected with the failure in some courses. “He is not the only one that had issues, I also had but I have passed them.”

“He wrote the course as an extra student. That was first semester last session. The result came out late because of ASUU strike but was released in the second semester. The one he told me about is CVE- technical report writing. So, when it was eventually released, he failed that one again,” he narrated.

“So, he said they were going to the department to beg the lecturers. Out of six of them who took the course as extra year students, only one passed. So I feel that contributed to his depression,” Mayowa continued.

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Asked if the deceased ever confided in him about his frustrations, Mayowa replied; “He never showed it. But I could remember in Part Four, he told me that there’s pressure from home and that his parents appeared not understand what is facing in school. They want him to graduate with a first class or Second class upper.”

Oludolapo Adepoju who visited the house of the deceased confirmed Mr Olowoporoku’s death and spoke of the sad and gloomy state the team met the family.

“What has happened has happened and the family is not happy. They don’t want any other information published. After all, his picture has been circulated on the internet,”