UNIZIK student commits suicide over alleged hike in school fees

By AdvocateNews on 22/08/2021

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A 200-Level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, has reportedly committed suicide over an alleged hike in school fees.

The deceased, a native of the Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, was said to be studying Industrial Physics.

His body was reportedly found dangling inside one of the hostel blocks on campus.

A source who preferred anonymity said, “The deceased locked himself inside the room for days and was sobbing over his inability to pay the new regime of school fees introduced by the management,” adding, “when the door was broken, he was seen dangling with a rope around his neck.”

Another source, who described the deceased as a quiet and calm student, said he never showed any signs of depression before the incident.

The Chief Security Officer of the institution, Ken Chukwura, said the deceased’s roommates had been invited for questioning while investigations had commenced.

Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that investigations had commenced.

The students of the institution had recently protested for five days over a hike in tuition. The management later slashed the fees after a meeting with the Students’ Union Government of the university.

Posted 22/08/2021 2:27 PM

 

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