NDU mourns as medical student commits suicide in bayelsa

The Niger Delta University Community, Amassoma, was thrown into mourning, as a 300 level student of the University’s Medical College, Uzakah Ebiweni, committed suicide after failing his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, (MBBS) exams.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Ndoni Ingezi, the distraught Ebiweni took his own life after the news that he was part of 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn from College was broken to him.

Explaining further he said 166 students took part in the exam and that at the end 86 students failed the exam while 64 were marked to repeat the exam, 22 students including Ebiweni were listed to be withdrawn.

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“You know it is a general practice that every student of the medical college must pass the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exams before progressing to the next level of their academic pursuit.

“But Ebiweni and 21 other failed beyond the level they could be placed on academic probation for another academic year so they had to be withdrawn.

“So in their usual practice, they don’t break the news to the students until they are invited for counselling. When the time came, 22 students including Ebiweni were counselled and informed about the fact that he would be withdrawn from the College.

“On that day, Ebiweni accepted the decision of the College in good fate and left. Only for the University to hear afterwards that the young man took his own life. His body has however been recovered and deposited at the Sabageria mortuary.”

According to an eyewitness account, Ebiweni who hails from Sabageria Community and lacked basic swimming skills jumped into Amassoma River and drowned

The deceased allegedly posted some cryptic suicide messages on his WhatsApp status indicating his intention to commit suicide before carrying out the act.

A Whatsapp Chat which allegedly transpired between the deceased and a female friend also shows the latter saying his father would see him as “a useless child” in the wake of the setback.

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