300-level NDU medical student commits suicide for failing exam

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 .

PUNCH Metro gathered that 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 .
It was gathered that Ebiweni , a student of Surgery and Medicine at the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of the NDU , decided to 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 , it was learnt , found the development difficult to accept and was said to have dropped a hint about his suicidal intention through his WhatsApp status update .

He was said to have initially posted the picture of a lit candle and later changed it to that of a candle with its light blown out .
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Bayelsa State Police Command , Asinim Butswat , confirmed the incident , but said no official report had been made at the command headquarters yet .
The Public Relations Officer, NDU , Ndoni Ingezi, who also confirmed the incident , told our correspondent that Ebiweni ’ s body had been recovered and deposited in the Sabageria hospital mortuary .
He said the late student might have resorted to suicide after news that he was among the 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn from the college.

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failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation for another academic year ; so , they had to be withdrawn .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“ When Ebiweni was counselled and informed that he would be withdrawn from the college, he accepted the decision of the college in good faith and left , only to for the university to hear afterwards that the young man took his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 . ”
The first female President of the Federated African Medical Students ’ Association , Esite Winifred, lamented the development .
She said , “ Today , a medical student took his life after failing his professional exams . This brought back a lot of memories, especially the number of times lecturers used to spread negativity and discouragement at the initial phase of the medical school .

“ Please , this should at least be a wake – up call to all students and lecturers in the faculty . It is not your destiny to demoralise young people who want certificates .
“ Mentor and uplift them or be quiet . Nothing at the end of the day is worth dying for , especially not medicine and surgery. ”

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