A 300-L Medical Student of Niger Delta University (NDU), Uzakah Timi Ebiweni, has allegedly committed suicide in Bayelsa state for failing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) examination.
Reports revealed that the late student dived into a river close to the university campus, Amassoma in Bayelsa state.
It was also reported that fifty, out of the one hundred and sixty-nine students who sat for the MBBS exam, failed the examination.
According to newsmen, Police Public Relations Officer of Bayelsa state, SP. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident but stated that there was no official report yet.
Public Relations Officer of the institution who also spoke to newsmen said Eniweni took his own life after news that he was part of the twenty-two shortlisted students to be adviced to be withdrawn from the college.
“You know it is a general practice that every student must pass the MBBS exams before progressing to the next level of academic pursuit but Ebiweni and 21 others failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation for another academic year so they had to be withdrawn.
“So, in their usual practice, they do not break the news to the student until they are invited for counseling. When he was counseled and informed about the fact that he will be withdrawn from college, on that day, he accepted the decision of the college in goof fate and left.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.”