16-year-old OAU student commits suicide

A 16-year old 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mercy Afolaranmi, has committed suicide.

Highlights: According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Miss Afolaranmi poisoned herself.

We got a call that one of our students took poison,” Mr Oyatokun said.

We got to the 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.

The deceased neighbour, Bimpe Oni, as reported by Premium Times, said she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”

Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”

A student, Aisha, who was Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101.

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

The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the death of Afolaranmi.

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