Shocking… Two UNILAG Students Commit Suicide in One Month

The family and friends of a student of University of Lagos simply identified as Seun, who took his own life on Tuesday 19th January 2013 are still in shock over his death. Suicide among Nigerian youths is not a common occurrence.  It is therefore disturbing to read the Punch report which claims that two undergraduate students of UNILAG have committed suicide in the last one month. The first one happened earlier in the year.

On New Year’s Eve, Damilola Durojaiye, a Computer Science student of the university, also allegedly committed suicide at his parents’ Akute-Ajuwon, Ogun State home. The 19-year-old was said to be a brilliant student with a cumulative grade point average of about 3.9. He reportedly stayed at home when his parents went for the cross-over service, only for them to come back and see his body dangling from where he hanged himself. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, said at the time that a suicide note was found where Durojaiye hung himself .

The circumstances surrounding Seun’s death is also quite mysterious. He lived with his aunt in Mafoluku, Lagos, where the incident was said to have occurred. When Punch visited his family, Seun’s aunt was still in shock.

Please, I cannot say anything because this is a big tragedy for us,” she was quoted as saying.

However, some neighbours spoke about his character and the events of the day he died.

I knew he was a student. I just did not know he attended UNILAG. He was an easy going and quiet man. We probably would have been close if he was not the quiet type. The day of the incident, I just got home from an errand and I was told Seun had been rushed to a hospital. When I asked what happened, I was told he went out to buy a substance and locked himself inside his room.

“I still don’t know what happened to make him take that action. I think those in the house when he went to buy the substance must have suspected he was going to do something drastic because they later forced the door open, but he had already ingested the substance he went to buy. They quickly took him to the hospital,” a young woman told Punch.

It was learnt that Seun died later that evening in the hospital.

Another resident in the area described him as  “a very quiet young man of about 27 years old.”

Unlike Damilola who left a suicide note, Seun’s suicide remains shrouded in mystery as it may never be known what drove him to commit suicide. Moreso, the police have said no report was made about it as the Public Relations Officer of the Airport Police Command, Lagos, Dennis Ifijen told Punch that they have no record of the case.

Their deaths are very sad and we pray their souls rest in peace.

29 Comments on Shocking… Two UNILAG Students Commit Suicide in One Month
  • NikkyJay February 2, 2013 at 6:18 am

    This is so sad! Sometimes we never know someone’s inner struggles. May there souls rest in PEACE!

  • Lollipop February 2, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Depression is real! Don’t joke with warning signs.

  • inspire February 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    This is something that should be taken serious, teaching our kids that there is more to live. Why suicide when they can laugh their heads out in

    • Mz Socially Awkward…. February 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Really? A promo for your blog? How incredibly tasteless but, hey, a chance to sell is a chance to sell, abi?

  • BlackMagic babe February 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

    The one that left a note,what was written? Sketchy story.

    • amdi February 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

      was the note addressed to you?

    • Gbemmy February 3, 2013 at 7:14 am

      I say amen to that! What was written should atleast be revealed to some extent.

  • Tayofame February 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Sometimes life is frustratin bt we need nt to go to dat xtend God knws best nd grant him a perfect rest very sad

  • The original Beebee February 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Lol @AMDI…Na wa o! Black Magic Babe just asked a simple question as stated in the report..

    May their souls rest in Perfect Peace.. I always thought we Nigerians had this “survival” instinct!

  • Floxy February 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Amdi black magic babe asked a good question wht was written in d note na so we can take it up frm dere put two nd two together nd knw wht really transpired

  • femmelounge February 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    this is really sad. like lollipop said, depression is very real. We need to take action when we notice signs in people around us before it is too late.

  • Cynthia February 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Oh nooooo, depression is real indeed, just yesterday… A junior colleague confessed to me that she almost took her life, and that currently she is seeing a psychologist. I told her that nothing is worth taking her life for, and she should avoid being alone.

  • Shutup February 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Very sad! My heart goes out to those that the said individuals left behind. R.I.P

  • m.h February 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Depression is real mehn..may their soul rest in perfect peace..amen

  • February 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm




    • Bea February 3, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Hey. im sorry i dont mean to be rude but please next time resist the temptation to type in all upper case letters. It makes for very difficult reading. Thanks.

      • Check yourself February 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        You are right! And thanks for pointing it out ‘cos I didn’t even bother wasting any second reading whatever the person wrote! Too too hard on the eye….I’m sure many other ppl won’t even bother either!

  • Omotoyosi February 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I think I support ambi’s answer in a way. I had a friend that committed suicide in his 400level while i was in final year, we didn’t know what he wrote in the letter, no one told us until it was published by the vanguard, at first we were curious to know because we were told it had seven pages, but the day someone brought the copies to us, we wish we never even saw or read it. He just mentioned all his friend’s names including his mum , dad and siblings telling us all not to bother about his death and all.
    If you see the letter, what will you do? hes dead….. hes dead. There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it

  • ADANNE February 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Nigeria needs to set up some sort of Rehab center. People can laugh at the western world and say they are weak because every time they have an issue they run to Rehab or a shrink. Truth is there are millions of Nigerians who hide behind the ‘laughing through hardship/poverty’ slogan. Not all of us have family membership who would take our inner demons seriously, and lets face it, there’s only so much ‘faith’ can do for us. Depression is real and not everybody is strong enough to go through such on their own.
    RIP to the victims.

  • Stuff February 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    2 BAD…. WONDA WAT PUSHD THESE YOUNG DUDEZ 2 DIZ….. May dia soul rest in peace.

  • samsy February 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

    That is really a tragedy, what ever the case may be suicide is not the best decision. In Nigeria Institution, there are many undergraduates out there facing different challenges but they still carry on with their academics.

  • pynk February 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Nigeria has problems like every other country and until we are able to admitt this will we find ways to curb the problem. May the departed RIP.

  • Jane Meadows February 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    There is no real support for people with mental health in Nigeria. We need to raise awareness. We cannot turn blind eyes on this anymore.

  • Temitope Adewoye February 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    This is just sad,Dont even know what to say….

  • Ginika February 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This is very sad. I wonder if they knew each other?

  • adebayo. A March 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    dis is realy sad

  • Emmanuel oluwaseun March 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Wat an incidencial problem in dis country…God plz help us..

  • okeiyi stanley April 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    well,it’s happened and irreversible but my position on the other victim’s note is dt it should have been published as to serve as deter rant to others who may in future try to engage in such decision.i also want state here dt no matter the degree of life’s frustration and failures the solution should not be suicide,becos there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.

  • sunny easy April 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    suicide is not supported by the creator,i wonder if their souls really are in perfect peace over there.this shud serve as a warning to us that we are of more value than d birds and d beasts of d field,He will surely takia of us no mata d storm.

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