By Sumayyah Olapade
Adegoke Adeyemi, a 17-year-old student at Offa Grammar School in Kwara State’s Offa Local Government Area, reportedly committed suicide as a result of his failure to advance to the next class in his school.
According to police sources, Adegoke, who was discovered hanging from a tree, decided to commit suicide after failing to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS2.
According to a source, the Senior Secondary School student was asked to repeat the class but was embarrassed and thus decided to commit suicide.
Okasanmi Ajayi, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kwara Command, confirmed the development in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday night.
“The victim, later identified as Adegoke Adeyemi ‘M,’ a student of Offa Grammar School, was believed to have hanged himself as a result of his failure to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS 2, necessitating his being asked to repeat the class,” he said.
“At approximately 15:34 hours on 2/8/2022, the Divisional Police Officer, Offa, received information to the effect that a boy’s lifeless body was seen hanging on a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel, Offa.” A police team from the Divisional headquarters was quickly dispatched to the scene.
“A team of policemen from the Divisional Police Headquarters in Offa removed the deceased student’s corpse from a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel in Offa at around 15.34 hours on Tuesday.”
“The body was taken to Offa General Hospital for autopsy, and an investigation has been launched.”
In another development, a Police spokesman stated, “The Command made a breakthrough in the arrest of one notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultism team at ACE supermarket located on Unity road when it accosted the Cultist named Monday Ojoagbu.”
He stated that the wanted cult suspect and other members of his gang were on a mission to carry out another heinous attack on an unidentified target, and that while others escaped, the leader was apprehended by police at the supermarket where they were traced to around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
“It was difficult to simultaneously arrest the other members of his gang who escaped using customers of the supermarket as shields in an attempt to arrest the suspect while also avoiding likely collateral damage in the process of the arrest,” Okasanmi said.
“An investigation into the matter is currently underway.” The suspect was found with a locally made pistol and two live cartridges.”
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to apprehend his evading accomplices.
Kwara State Commissioner of Police, CP Tuesday Assayomo, has reiterated his earlier statement that the state will never be a safe haven for criminals.
He warned cultists and other lawbreakers to turn over a new leaf or relocate to another state, saying the command would spare no effort in driving criminal elements out of Kwara State.