Graduate attempts suicide over years of withheld results

Precious Ogbeide, a graduate of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, attempted suicide over the university’s refusal to release his and several other students’ results after they graduated from school since 2018.

According to his parents, Ogbeide as been battling depression and even started to stab himself with pieces of broken bottles because of his inability to be handed his results after spending five years in the school.

So many students claimed to have been demoralized by the situation after five years of undergoing a programme and not being issued their degree certificates. To the best of their knowledge, they are facing a bleak future as a result of the development.

According to the aggrieved students, the tertiary institution had been promising them that the backlog of results would be cleared and students who were yet to be mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps scheme would be settled but the students are already almost tired of waiting.

“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,” a source had stated.

The source who chose to be anonymous continued, “his 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, through Mike Aladenike who is the Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, the school had stated that the students who are affected by certificate and result issues, must have encountered issues with some courses during their session in school.

Aladenike said thus,“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.”

Ogbeide shouldn’t have given up yet, commiting suicide is never the best solution to a problem, or is it?