The last may not have been heard of the worrisome trend of suicide cases in Nigeria with another absurd incident taking place on Saturday. This time, a student of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri identified as Sydney Prince reportedly jumped into the Otammiri River in a bid to take his life.
Eyewitness accounts have it that Prince was seen by some girls doing their early morning jug while he was making several calls close to the River which was within the school environment.
Prince who is a student of Material and Metallurgical Engineering, is also the leader of one the security groups in the institution, Man O War. After making several calls, Prince reportedly threw away his handset and jumped into the Otammiri River in a bid to end his life. Shortly after jumping into the River, it apparently dawned on him that he was dying, since he could not swim and he started screaming for help. This was when the attention of the girls that were jugging was drawn to the scene and they started screaming for help too. Prince was said to have passed out in the River but was rescued by expert swimmers who dragged him to safety and resuscitated him.
But why would a young man want to end his life? Reports have it that Prince was depressed and dejected because he felt the management of the institution was being unfair to him by not allowing him to graduate though he had several carryover courses. He was also said to have complained that he was owed his allowances as a Man O War personnel for 12 months. Sources said Prince felt he had put in so much fighting bad guys in the University and should be treated better than what came his way. Punch reports that the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the institution, Chike Ezenwa has confirmed that Prince is a student of the University. But the PRO did not say anything further on the matter, according to reports.
This quickly reminds the public of the infamous case of the Medical Doctor who committed suicide by jumping into the Lagoon in Lagos from the Third Mainland Bridge. Does it mean that this “jumping into the River” approach to suicide is becoming fashionable? Again we ask: should Nigerians start getting worried about the emerging suicide stories in the country and how do we justify such acts?