Mercy Afolaranmi, an 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, has committed suicide due to poor grades.
16-year old Afolaranmi took ‘Sniper’ days after she wrote on Facebook that she wanted to see God’s face and speak with him face to face.
Obafemi Awolowo University’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, said, “We got a call that one of our students took poison. We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took,” he told Premium Times.
Her fellow students and a neighbour also revealed that Mercy killed herself due to poor grade.
A neighbour, Bimpe Oni, said the student, who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died on Thursday, after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”
Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”
Aisha, Miss Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.
She disclosed, “Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed. She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”