The entire Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos Mainland, was thrown into mourning after a student of the institution, Oluwamuyiwa Oluwagbemileke, aka Spartacus, took his own life. The incident occurred barely two weeks to the commencement of his National Youth Service.
According to Punch Metro, the 27-year-old graduate of Electrical Engineering reportedly took a poison on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, after he was blamed for damaging a car in a sachet water factory located at Ojodu Berger, Lagos Mainland, where he worked.
Punch Metro learnt that he had hit the vehicle on another one on the factory premises while trying to help the owner re-park it. He was said to have become desperate to raise N50,000 to repair the damaged car.
Prior to taking his own life, the deceased had posted a note of social networking platform, Facebook, saying “Advice: Never let your ugly situations weigh you down. When you notice things are not going well, check yourself before it makes you feel worried.”
He also posted that: “When a man’s life is unstable, worried, downcast and destabilised, things he does right before will become wrong no matter the best he puts in. He loses focus and strength; he becomes unhappy and angry at everything even if he tries to wear a smiling face.
“Thoughts of death will come in the scene. He keeps asking the question, ‘why me?’ He becomes helpless and even if he’s among people, he still feels lonely. Life can be truly unfair.”
Meanwhile, it was reported that the deceased was buried on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Atan Cemetery in Yaba, Lagos Mainland.
Commenting on his death, his elder sister who spoke to Punch Metro said: “I passed out when I was told he poisoned himself. His neighbours said they received a message from him, saying he wanted to poison himself, but they did not take him seriously. His girlfriend said he was gasping when she called him around 11pm. Our mother said he typed the suicide note on his phone in her presence but she did not know the content because she has no formal education.
“I was surprised Muyiwa (Oluwagbemileke) could not wait to be celebrated. He struggled all through, but he never waited to reap the fruits of his labour. He worked as a carrier to survive.
“Our father died a long time ago. He was going for NYSC on November 21. He was the only graduate in our family. When I went to the factory, I was told that a laptop had fallen from his hands and damaged three days before he damaged the car.”
Speaking on what could have led to Muyiwa committing suicide, the sister said: “They must have chided him, which is normal, although his boss denied it. He was collecting over N50,000 monthly at the factory and a gym there. While he was living with me, if he spoilt something and I scolded him, he would abscond from home for three days and sleep in schools.
“At times, I would know he was the one who damaged an item, but I would still ask him. Instead of him to talk, he would just walk away from home. I would beg people to talk to him before he would return home.”
Meanwhile, the friends of the deceased have continued to mourn him on their various social media pages questioning while he chose the option of taking his own life.