The Deputy Registrar, Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, Joe Ejiofor, says that the ND1 Marketing student of the institution who attempted suicide is alive and responding well to treatment.
It was gathered that the 18-year-old student identified as Destiny, was allegedly caught for examination malpractice on Wednesday February 8, during the institution?s ongoing second-semester examination.
The student, who was also said to have just been dumped by her boyfriend, allegedly slipped into depression, went to her hostel and drank the insecticide suspected to be sniper. One of her roommates who saw her drinking the substance ran out and raised the alarm.
Mr. Ejiofor, also Head of Public Relations of YABATECH, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, February 10, that the college management led by Ag Rector, Uduak Inyang-Udoh, Dean of Students and Tunji Balogun visited and confirmed her state.
Mr. Ejiofor said that although the young girl drank some chemical substance suspected to be sniper, she was quickly rescued following alarm raised by her roommate on Wednesday.
?This is to inform the college community and the general public that there is no iota of truth in the rumour going around that Destiny, the ND1 Marketing student who attempted suicide, has died,? he said.
The College management has visited her and we can authoritatively say that she?s alive, responding well to treatment and her parents have been contacted and they are with her in the hospital. Her roommate who saw her taking the substance raised alarm and she was quickly taken to the College Medical Centre where she was attended to and stabilised by the Medical Director, Dr. Tunde Nubi, and his team,? he added.
The Deputy registrar who condemned the act expressed worry as to why such a young girl would want to take her life.
“?But I can tell you that the reason is not related to the news flying around that she was apprehended for exam malpractice or that she was jilted by her boyfriend. In a campus environment like ours, suicide is a major public health concern,? he added.
He said when a student dies by suicide, the effects are felt not only by immediate family, relations and friends but by the college community at large.
As a responsible and responsive management, we try as much possible to guard against such evil act through a series of orientation programmes organised for students in the course of their studies,? Ejiofor explained.
He declared that no matter the circumstances and situation anyone finds him or herself, suicide should never be an option.