A 16-year old 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mercy Afolaranmi, has committed suicide by poisoning herself.

Students and a neighbour close to the deceased say she may have killed herself due to poor grades.

Miss Afolaranmi who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract”, according to a neighbour, Bimpe Oni.

The chief security officer of the university, Babatunde Oyatokun, said: “We got a call that one of our students took poison. We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison.

“She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”

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A student, Aisha, who was Miss Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

“Mercy often isolate herself in class and looked depressed," said Aisha. “She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”

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The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the death of Miss Afolaranmi during a telephone conversation on Saturday.

"Although the reason and cause of her death is yet to be known, the division is aware of the death of Mercy.

"She was a student of department of Microbiology whose body has been taken to hospital for autopsy. When the result is out, the university community shall be communicated,” said Mr Aransi.

Before her death, she posted on Facebook on October 10: “Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”