Adesoji Adediran, a final year student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, who many described as funny and jovial has been found dead hanging on a rope inside his hostel.
Adediran, a 500-level student of Urban and Regional Planning Department has shocked everyone at the weekend, when he committed suicide by hanging himself in the hostel. His roommates, who had been away for a night study came back in the morning around 5:30 a.m. to find his corpse dangling from the ceiling. They suddenly alerted school management which informed policemen from the Owode division.
One of the classmates of the victim, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “He has two roommates. The roommates went for a night study on Friday. When they returned to the room on Saturday, they discovered that he had hanged himself with a cable. Nobody has an idea why he killed himself.”
A close friend of the victim, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed surprise at funny Adediran’s death. “What pained me most was that we still played together on Friday night. He never opened up to me. We asked him to go with us for the night study, but he said he preferred to stay behind. Around 5.30am when we returned, we found his corpse. He was almost done with his final year project and he never complained of anything. We are a clique and we eat together; it was all fun, until we found his corpse,” he said.
He also described the deceased as “funny and lively”, saying Adediran couldn’t have suffered from depression.
The police took statements from the roommates but they were later withdrawn by the deceased’s parents, who insisted on not pursuing any case due to the nature of the death. The parents also objected to the idea of holding a candle-light procession in his honour, saying they wanted him to “rest in peace.”
The corpse have been removed from the hostel and deposited in a mortuary for autopsy.
However, tributes have continued pouring in from friends of the victim who described him as funny, jovial and very lively. His timeline on social media has been filled with heart melting messages. A friend, who identified himself as Horlarholu Xarmoohel Cartel, said the late Adediran was a fan of the Chelsea Football Club.
He said, “Adesoji, can’t believe my eyes when I saw adieu in your name. I don’t know this is what you mean when you said, ‘I am not coming to class again,’ after we sat for a test last week. Haa! SOJ, the best Chelsea fan I ever knew; the best record keeper who doesn’t need Google before he tells you history of football. Already missing you bro, can’t get hold of myself since I heard about your death. I know God knows best.”
Another friend, Adepeju Babatunde, wrote, “Hmmm, I saw him and Tayo (bestie) beside my hostel cracking jokes with friends when we finished that test. I even accused him of not coming for the test, but he replied, ‘I came nah…’ I don’t even know what to write right now because I know what you passed through when we were in 200 level, but why now? Rest on dear.”