A final year medical student of the Benue State University, BSU, Nicholas Idoko, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 killed himself in a car accident along Abu King Shuluwa Road, Makurdi.
Idoko who frustrated over his expulsion from school drove his car on a very high speed and crashed a Honda ‘Baby Boy’ car, minutes after he threatened to commit suicide.
According to Vanguard, he allegedly killed himself and a pedestrian whom he ran over on the sidewalk of the road when his skidded off the road and somersaulted severally before ending across the sidewalk.
Speaking about the tragic incident, one of Idoko’s school mates said, he (the deceased) had spent ten years in the six-year medical course due to non accreditation of medical courses in the institution before he was expelled after he failed a carry over course.
The source said, “He was with his course mates when the news came to him that he should leave the school because he failed a course he carried over in a programme, after having spent ten years in the institution and also done his clinical.”
“On getting the news, he threatened to kill himself, saying he would not be able to stand the shame of not making it out of school, that the trauma would be too much for him and his parents.
“So when we had that he crashed with the car along Abu King Shuluwa Road, most of us concluded that he had carried out the threat, and we feel pained because the school management acted wrongly by expelling a medical student that had spent ten years in an institution due to no fault of his.
“Their decision must have forced the young man into talking his own life as he threatened; and, if on the other hand the accident occurred because his lost control of the car, it could be because he was unstable emotionally and, in that state, it was difficult to control a car while on top speed.”
Over 100 colleagues of the deceased student staged a protest and blocked the Makurdi-Gboko highway with a coffin and bonfire alleging that the school frustrated their mate to killing himself.