A 300-level student of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, in Ondo state, Olona Joseph Oluwapelumi, has reportedly committed suicide over suspected financial constraints and a battle with depression.
Oluwapelumi, popularly known as ‘Black’ who was in the Department of Industrial Design, killed himself at his off-campus lodge in the Aule area of Ondo State capital.
Sources said his friends discovered his lifeless body dangling from the ceiling of his room on Saturday when they stormed his residence after several calls to his cell phone went unanswered.
His neighbours told journalists that they did not suspect late Joseph was struggling with depression as he was always playful and full of smiles. They said he never entered into arguments or fights with anyone.
On his Facebook page, the deceased described himself as an entrepreneur that made self-initiated designer wears with the brand name “Tart Angle.”
One of his posts reads: “Suicide kinda answers all. It’s the only thing that listens and trusts You when You left all to yourself. Good night and Goodbye.”
The leadership of the school’s Students’ Union, in a statement signed by its President, Jesunifemi Asoore, said: “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Olona Joseph Oluwapelumi. popular known as Tart Angle. who passed away on Sat 21 st Jan 2023.
“According to the report, his death was confirmed early on Saturday, the 21st of January, 2023. The deceased, identified as Olona Joseph, a 300-level student from the department of Industrial Design, was reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself in the early hours of today.
“I know we are all saddened by his death, and we’re sending our condolences to his family and friends.
“Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it is sudden. Many of us may be confronted with a variety of emotions. which might include shock, sadness and confusion.
“We want to assure you that we, the Students Union, care about you and the feelings you may be experiencing.
The state police image maker, Funmi Odunlami, confirmed the student’s death and said the incident was reported to the police.
Odunlami said: His body had been taken to the morgue, and investigation has started to unravel the reasons behind his action, but it was a case of suicide.”
As of last night, the university authority is yet to make an official statement.
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