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TRAGIC LOSS: Ilaro Polytechnic Student Takes Own Life After Losing School Fees To Gambling

In a distressing turn of events, Samuel Adegoke, a promising student of Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, met a tragic end when he took his own life after losing his tuition fees and that of a close friend in an ill-fated online gambling venture. The incident, which occurred on Monday, sent shockwaves through the institution as his peers were gearing up for their eagerly awaited first-semester examinations.Sources indicate that Adegoke, a National Diploma II student majoring in Electrical Electronic Engineering, had wagered his school fees on an online betting platform last Friday, only to experience a crushing defeat. The mounting pressure seemingly pushed him to make an unthinkable decision, one that has left the campus community in mourning.Further investigation revealed that Adegoke had also deceived his roommate by surreptitiously gaining access to his friend’s password, subsequently gambling away his unsuspecting companion’s tuition funds as well. The consequences of his actions began to unravel when the institution’s administration emphasized that students without completed registrations would be barred from participating in the upcoming exams.Recognizing the severity of the situation, the school swiftly took action and urgently transferred the distressed student to their on-campus clinic. However, due to the gravity of his condition, Adegoke was subsequently transferred to a specialized medical facility in Ilaro. Tragically, the medical professionals’ best efforts were in vain, as the young student was pronounced dead shortly after his admission.Deputy Registrar and Public Relations Officer of the institution, Sola Abiala, expressed profound sorrow while confirming the unfortunate incident. In a brief phone conversation with our correspondent, Abiala conveyed the institution’s efforts to save Adegoke’s life, disclosing that the specialist hospital’s assessment unveiled the consumption of a chemical substance, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise.The heartbreaking loss of Samuel Adegoke serves as a stark reminder of the potential perils associated with online gambling and the toll it can exact on vulnerable individuals. As the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro community grapples with this devastating loss, discussions surrounding mental health and the provision of support systems for students are expected to take center stage in order to prevent such tragic incidents in the future.


Ademola Adeyemi

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