A 26-year-old student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Elijah Jude Anuoluwapo, has reportedly committed suicide by taking illicit drug substances.
It was gathered that the 400 Level student of English Language, popularly known as Jude, died on Thursday morning, August 26, at the hospital where he was rushed by his colleagues for medical attention.
According report, he had unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide on two occasions due to alleged rejection by members of his immediate family after the reported death of his mother.
A close friend of the deceased who spoke to Tribune said, “His father had abandoned his mother since she was carrying Jude’s pregnancy which later led to his mother’s death out of drpression.
Jude was raised by his maternal grandmother who died of cancer complications last year. The development had become the main factor that had given him severe depression and frustration and made him attempt suicide twice before the last one that later led to his death.
Jude was a very brilliant student and even one of the very best with mastery of languages in the whole of the university campus. Many of us pleaded with him and even referred him to the school counselling unit after the second unsuccessful attempt which was about three weeks ago.
It came to our surprise that he later proceeded with another attempt around 8:15 pm Wednesday evening. We actually tried to save his life as usual, but to no avail, as he finally gave up the ghost earlier today in the hospital. If he didn’t die, he should have been one of the very best writers of the next generation.