The Department of Hospital Management Technology at the Lagos state polytechnic was greeted with mourning after it was confirmed that one of its students with name Ezekiel Mayowa is said to have committed suicide after his girlfriend reportedly jilted him
The corpse of the 34-year-old part-time student was discovered in his residence at Eyita, Ikorodu, around 5am on Friday.
He was said to have taken a poisonous substance suspected to be Sniper.
Confirming the developments, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said the Shagamu Road Police Station, Ikorodu received a distress call on the suicide around 5.30am.
He said when interrogated by the police, the girlfriend said Mayowa was fond of beating her and that they were together shortly before he took the poison.
Elkana said, “The police received information that a 34-year-old part-time student at Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, drank a poisonous chemical identified as Sniper, following a misunderstanding between him and his girlfriend, Olokodana Bolaji, 24, who was also a graduate of the same institution.
“He was rushed to hospital by his neighbours following an alarm raised by his girlfriend, but eventually died. In the statement of his girlfriend, she told police investigators that she and the deceased dated for nine years and that the deceased was fond of beating her.
“She said while she was with the deceased in his room, they had a quarrel and he, as usual, resorted to physical violence. She said she ran to the restroom and upon her return, she found him gasping for breath with an empty bottle of Sniper beside him.”
The Lagos state police spokesman stated that detectives from the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, visited the scene of the incident, adding that the corpse had been deposited at the Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary for autopsy.
“Investigation is ongoing to determine whether it was actually a suicide case or murder”.