Medical Students of the Benue State University, Makurdi, on Saturday, vented their anger to the Vice-Chancellor of the institution over the dead of their colleague, Idoko Nicholas Inalegwu, who died in controversial circumstances after receiving the news of his withdrawal after spending 10 years in medical school.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine gathered that the aggrieved students deposited the coffin of their dead colleague at the office of the Vice-Chancellor in protest.
Our correspondent also gathered that the deceased, Idoko Nicholas Inalegwu, committed suicide because he was desolated after receiving news of his withdrawal from medical school after spending 10 years.
Further investigation carried out by schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine revealed Idoko was withdrawn for failing a haphazardly organised resit exam that has bedevilled medical students in the institution over the years.
Speaking under anonymity in a telephone conversation, one of the students said they believe that Idoko took his own life because he couldn’t bear the news that his 10 years in medical was in vain.
“He had been talking about it, that he wish he died a painless death. The school have finished him. There is no where in the world that a medical student is withdrawn after spending 10 years.” He said.
A student, who spoke to one of our correspondents on telephone on condition of anonymity, said they believed that Idoko took his life because he could not bear the news that his 10 years in medical was in vain.
“He had been talking about it; that he wished he died a painless death; that the school had finished him. There is nowhere in the world that a medical student is withdrawn after spending 10 years,” he said.
The student said the students had complained about the manner in which examinations were conducted, where re-sits were prolonged for up to one year, as against the stipulated six weeks, with no efforts to engage the students.
After spending 12 years without graduation, that many of the students in the medical school have become disillusioned, frustrated, depressed and some have attempted suicide due to the stagnation and irregularities but the school management was continuously adamant about the psychological effects of their long stay in medical school.
The students, after an altercation at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital mortuary, obtained the coffin of their dead colleague and marched to the VC’s office, vowing not to leave until their grievances were resolved.
All efforts to reach the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Charity Angya, for comments proved been abortive as she neither picked several calls made to her mobile phone nor responded to a text message sent to her as of the time of filling this report.
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