A student of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Samuel Adegoke, has committed suicide after losing his tuition fee to online betting.
It was gathered that the student who lost his tuition fee and that of his friend drank a chemical substance.
Adegoke, who was a National Diploma II student of Electrical/Electronics Engineering, committed suicide on Monday, when his colleagues were preparing for the first semester exam.
It was learnt that he was rushed to the school clinic from where he was later referred to a specialist hospital outside the school in Ilaro. He was pronounced dead at the clinic.
The polytechnic’s publicity secretary, Sola Abiala, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Rector said he was called from the school clinic that one of the students is sick. Adegoke Samuel, ND 2 in Electrical/Electronics Engineering was later referred to Hosanah Specialist Hospital. When they got there, they got the information that he used his school fees to bet and lose. He also used his roommate’s (money) to bet and also lost.
“We have a policy here that any student that does not pay school fees will not write the examination. He realised that he and his friend would not write the exam; that was why he committed suicide.
“We sent for his parents and briefed them. His father told us that his late son did the same last session and he had to send money to him to pay the fees. He said if he had known about the latest one, he would have paid for it,” Abiala said.
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