DESLU final year student drowns in swimming pool just two weeks to his graduation

Nov 10, 2020 | News

Tenumah Jeffery, a final year law student of the Delta State University (DELSU) has drowned in a hotel swimming pool.

It was learnt that Jeffery who was set to graduate in 2 weeks drowned while swimming in a pool on Friday, November 6th, at Graceland Hotel in Irri, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state.

A photo of his lifeless body posted online shows blood stains all over his body.


Confirming the incident, President of Student Union Government of DELSU Oleh campus, Innocent, demanded investigation into the death of their colleague, adding that statements made by the hotel management and the police are conflicting.

He said,

“We want to know how our colleague died. Jeffery is to graduate in a few weeks’ time but suddenly lost his life in a hotel swimming pool. All students should stay away from that hotel.”

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident on Monday, November 9, said the student was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.

In his words,

“Yes, a young boy , who they later found out to be a student, died at the swimming pool. They said he came to swim and unfortunately drowned in the pool . By the time he was rushed to a hospital, doctor confirmed him dead.”

Few months ago, the deceased who actively participated in the #EndSARS protest, had shared a story on a Law Facebook page on how he made a promise to his twin sister to bring home his LL.B certificate.

“I am Tenumah Omatseye Jeffrey, known as Jephizzy on another level. School has never loved me and to be honest, the feeling is mutual. But just like Martin Luther King, I had a dream and that dream was to study Mass Communication after Secondary School. This was driven by the desire to go to Lagos and venture into the Entertainment Industry,” he wrote.

“My dream was not mine alone, as my twin Sister also wanted to study Law but for some human unforeseen emergencies, that dream eluded her. I made a promise to her, who shared the same space with me for 9 Months that I shall bring that LL.B certificate she has always desired home. And if it’s possible have her name inscribed as the holder.”

Meanwhile, friends, classmates and colleagues have taken to Facebook to mourn his death.


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