A 17-year-old student from Offa Grammar School, Offa Local Government Area in Kwara State, identified as Adegoke Adeyemi, allegedly committed suicide because he was not promoted to the next grade in his class. school.
Adegoke, who was found hanging from a tree, according to police sources, decided to take his own life due to his failure to pass his SS1 to SS2 exam.
The sources said the high school student was asked to repeat the class but was ashamed and therefore decided to take his own life.
Kwara Command Police Public Relations Officer Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed the development in a statement to Ilorin on Wednesday evening.
He said: “The victim who was later identified as 17-year-old Adegoke Adeyemi ‘M’, a student at Offa’s high school, who allegedly hanged himself following his failure to pass his SS1 promotion exam to SS 2, which required him to be asked to repeat the course.
“Information was received by Divisional Police Officer, Offa at approximately 3:34 p.m. on 08/02/2022 that the lifeless body of a boy was seen clinging to a tree behind the Ariya Hotel Garden, Offa A team of police from Division Headquarters was quickly mobilized to the scene.
“The corpse of the deceased student was removed from a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel, Offa by a team of officers from Divisional Police Headquarters, Offa at approximately 3.34pm on Tuesday.
“The corpse has been taken to Offa General Hospital for an autopsy, while an investigation has been opened into the matter.”
In a separate development, the police spokesman said the command had made a breakthrough in arresting a notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultist team at the ACE supermarket on the road. Unity when he approached the cultist named Monday Ojoagbu.
He said the wanted cult suspect and other members of his gang were on a mission to carry out another gruesome attack on an as-yet-unidentified target, adding that while others escaped the leader was apprehended by police at the supermarket where they were found around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Okasanmi said, “In an attempt to apprehend the suspect, while avoiding likely collateral damage during the arrest, it was difficult to simultaneously arrest the other members of his gang who escaped using the supermarket customers as shields.
“The investigation into the case is currently ongoing. A locally made pistol and two live rounds have been recovered from the suspect.”
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to arrest his fugitive accomplices.
Kwara State Police Commissioner, CP Tuesday Assayomo has reiterated his earlier assertion that Kwara State will never be able to accommodate criminals.
He warned cultists and other offenders to borrow a new leaf or move to another state as no effort would be spared by the command to smoke criminal elements out of Kwara State.