In another sniper suicide attempt, a transport officer with the University of Lagos, Mr Sunday Gbenga Meshioye, has died, aged 36.
The university announced Meshioye’s death in a statement, issued on Friday night in Lagos, saying the late Meshioye took his life, by ingesting a pesticide suspected to be snipper.
Until his death, Meshioye was a transport supervisor attached to the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences.
“It is indeed with a heavy heart that the management of the university announces the news of the untimely death of Sunday Meshioye.
“He was received as an emergency case at the Medical Centre of the university on Tuesday, Sept. 10, where it was discovered and reported that he had ingested the pesticide, ‘Snipper’.
“He was administered first aid treatment before being conveyed in an ambulance to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba,” the university stated.
The university said the deceased, before his untimely death, had been scheduled for a session with the Counselling Unit of the university.
It said that this was after several reported cases of attempted suicide.
According to the statement, on Tuesday, the deceased appeared before a panel of enquiry set up in accordance with the extant rules of the university to investigate the cause of a fire that gutted a bus in his custody.
“His painful decision to end his life came even before the panel had concluded its investigations, as it had only sat once.
“The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on behalf of the entire university community, commiserates with the family of the deceased and prays that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
The vice-chancellor had in a bid to check the rampant cases of suicide among the youth, especially students, decentralised the counselling unit of the institution.
By our correspondent