300-level Niger Delta University medical student commits suicide for failing exam


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A 300-level medical student of the Niger Delta University, Ammasoma in the Southern Ijaw Local Governmant Area of Bayelsa State, has committed suicide for failing his examination.

According to reports, the student, identified as Uzakah Ebiweni, dived into the Amassoma River and drowned before he could get help.

Sources at the university said few hours after Ebiweni’s body was recovered, another student attempted to kill himself by running into a fast-moving motorcycle was rescued by other students.

Ebiweni who is a student of Surgery and Medicine at the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of the NDU reportedly kill himself following his failure to realise his dream.

He was said to be among the students disqualified by the institution after their results were released on Friday.

Ebiweni, was said to have found the development difficult to accept and was said to have dropped a hint about his suicidal intention through his WhatsApp status update.

The Public Relations Officer, NDU, Ndoni Ingezi, who also confirmed the incident, told journalists that Ebiweni’s body had been recovered and deposited in the Sabageria hospital mortuary.

Ingezi stated, “You know, it is a general practice that every student passes the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery exams before progressing to the next level of academic pursuit.

“But Ebiweni and 21 others failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation for another academic year; so, they had to be withdrawn. So, in our usual practice, we did not break the news to the students until they had been invited for counselling.

“When Ebiweni was counselled and informed that he would be withdrawn from the college, he accepted the decision of the college in good faith and left, only to for the university to hear afterwards that the young man took his own life.”

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