Segun, a 22-year-old who was a candidate of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), attempted to commit suicide via a live stream on social media on Sunday night.


Segun, who lives in Ijebu-Ode, had previously lamented scoring 167 in the recently concluded UTME.

In the video, he could be seen drinking Sniper, a locally marketed insecticide.

“This thing go sweet o0! You all should at least make this fun for me by 9 pm, please. Tune in and wish me luck,” he wrote in a tweet.


According to him, he had performed satisfactorily during previous attempts but had no sponsor. Segun believed all was going to be well after Twitter users committed to sponsoring him through university only to check his result on Saturday and fall back into depression.

He was rushed to the hospital on Sunday night and efforts are ongoing to save his life.

Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), had said there was an improvement in the performance of candidates who sate for the 2019 UTME in comparison to 2018.

“361,718 candidates scored between 180 and 199 as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484 scored between 160 and 179 as against 455,898 last year,” Oloyede said while announcing the release of results.


“410,844 candidates scored between 140 and 159 as against 346,825 recorded in 2018 while also 99,463 scored between 100 and 139 as against 64,712 in 2018.”

He, however, added that a total of 57, 579 candidates who wrote the exam scored between 250 and 299; 2,906 scored over 300; while 366,757 candidates scored between 200 and 249.

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