A graduate from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, named Precious Ogbeide, recently made an attempt on his own life due to the alleged refusal of the institution to release his results, even though he completed his studies in 2018.
According to a report from Punch, Ogbeide, who has been struggling with depression because of the withheld results, resorted to self-harm by stabbing himself with shards of a broken bottle on Monday, September 25, 2023.
Additionally, numerous students from the university have expressed their frustration regarding the delay in receiving their degree results, despite spending five years at the institution.
These distressed students claimed that the university had repeatedly assured them that the backlog of results would be addressed and that those who were yet to be mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps program would be resolved.
However, a reliable source revealed that Ogbeide became overwhelmed with frustration and made the decision to end his life over this matter.
“I received a call at around 3:30 pm on Monday, informing me that Ogbeide had been rushed to the hospital. I was informed that he had been exhibiting signs of depression and that they had done everything possible to assist him,” the source disclosed.
“The mother notified me that he suddenly stood up with a bottle and smashed it on the ground. They claimed it was an accident. However, he proceeded to inflict wounds on his neck and body with the broken pieces of glass.”
“Fortunately, his relative who was present during the incident managed to overpower him before rushing him to the hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment.”
“He expressed his exhaustion with everything. He mentioned how he was unable to face his parents and family members after investing five years in school without any tangible results to show for it.”
“He was unable to secure employment due to constant requests for his certificate. Each time he encountered individuals who could potentially assist him in finding a job, they would demand to see his results. He became fed up with the entire situation and became frustrated with his stagnant future,” the source added.
Meanwhile, the university’s Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, Mike Aladenika, informed the publication that students facing issues with their certificates and results may have encountered difficulties in certain courses during their time at the institution.
“If you had completed your studies and fulfilled all necessary requirements during your time as a student, you would not encounter any problems with your results,” Aladenika stated.
“Some of the students who failed to address the deficiencies in their courses are the ones facing these challenges.”