Additional information has come to light regarding the death of Oluwapelumi Olona, a 300-level student at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) who allegedly committed suicide at his off-campus residence in the Aule area of Akure, Ondo State.
The Industrial Design student was said to have hanged himself in his room, and it was revealed by the President of the Students’ Union Government, FUTA, Jesunifemi Asoore, that Olona had left a suicide note.
Asoore said, "He left a suicide note and titled it ‘Death note’. There were some messages in it but we have not been able to interpret it. The note is now with the police.”
It is believed that Olona may have taken his life due to a fraud accusation that had been leveled against him in his department. One of his friends, Omoniyi Enoch, who spoke to the Union of Campus Journalists of FUTA, said Olona had been experiencing financial difficulties with his department.
Olona was reportedly the financial secretary of his department until his death. Enoch stated, "When school resumed for the 2021/2022 session, the treasurer of the department was not around to receive payment for dues.
Joseph (Olona) decided to receive the payments from students. The president requested that he should send N100,000 to him for a departmental project. Joseph sent it using his digital bank – Carbon. He was debited but the president did not receive the payment.”
Enoch said that due to the unresolved issue, Olona had come under intense pressure and was being isolated by his peers. He added that on the day of his death, Olona had informed him that the head of his department had called his father to say he was involved in fraud.
The Head of Media and Protocols Unit of the institution, Mr Adegbenro Adebanjo, confirmed that Olona's parents had been informed, and the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed that an investigation was underway to determine the reasons behind Olona's actions.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.