A 22-year-old student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Kehinde Akintunde, committed suicide by hanging himself in an hotel at Apata area, Ibadan, Oyo State, in the early hours of Saturday.
The young man, a 400-level student of Civil Engineering, reportedly checked into the hotel at about 12noon on Friday, August 19, with a laptop bag he put on his back and a bottle of water he held in his hand.
Having paid for one night, the deceased was expected to check out before or by noon on Saturday, but when the receptionist noticed that he did not submit his room key, she alerted the manager of the hotel, Mr Ladapo Osu.
The manager reportedly informed the director of the hotel who, after waiting for a few hours to see whether the guest mistakenly went out with the key, instructed a carpenter to break the door of the room where the deceased lodged around 6.30 p.m.
It was while doing this that the carpenter noticed that the door was bolted at the back, raising suspicion that something untowards might have happened to the guest.
After opening the door, they were shocked to find the guest hanging on a rope tied to the hook of the ceiling fan in the room.
The hotel management quickly informed the police at Apata division, who immediately went to the scene of the incident and took pictures of the hanging body.
His family members were also contacted through a contact list found in his bag.
The student, however, left behind a comprehensive suicide note, part of which read: “This is the hardest thing for me to do. Having to part with my family this way. As far as I am concerned, I have lived my life (well, up to this point).”
Giving a reason for the suicide, the deceased wrote: “I felt like an old man… like a person who has seen it all. I can’t just see any purpose in living. Besides, if you can’t help build it, move to one side. Allow others who can.”
He went further to address his family members generally thus: “… I cherish all the years together, but a performer has to leave when the applaud is still sounding. I love you.”