A tragic incident occurred when a 20-year-old student named Sanni Hameedat from the University of Ilorin took her own life.
Reports state that she had lent N500,000 to a person she met on Snapchat, whom she believed to be a loverboy. Rubiks, the private hostel where she resided, released a statement revealing that Hameedat was participating in her SIWES program at the time of her death.
The management of the hostel stated that the cause of her suicide was a combination of pressure from the app agents, demanding repayment, and her brother’s inability to offer financial assistance, resulting in her experiencing depression.
“The cause of suicide was traced to financial misappropriation. She was entrusted with a significant sum of money by her mother. She crossed paths with a guy on Snapchat and developed a friendship.
“When the boy claimed that his mother was battling breast cancer and urgently needed N500,000, the compassionate and emotional lady decided to help him by lending him half of the N1 million she held for her mother. And the boy promised to repay the borrowed money.
“However, when her mother needed the money back, the boy abruptly cut off all contact, blocking her. This left her deeply troubled and in order for her to make up the missing N500,000, she resorted to borrowing money from various apps.”
Hameedat, therefore, managed to gather N450,000 from the loan apps, adding her savings of N50,000 to make up the borrowed N500,000.
The management further maintained that she was reported to have ingested a bottle of pesticide popularly known as Sniper the previous night, and her roommate (name withheld), who had retired to bed early, woke up in the middle of the night to discover her in distress while she was foaming from her mouth and also vomiting.
“Alarmed, the roommate sought help, and she was rushed to UITH before being declared dead,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, the management of University of Ilorin said it had commenced investigations into the reported suicide case of a student.
The institution’s Director of Information Mr. Kunle Akogun, told newsmen that the University had been inundated with the reports on various social media platforms.
He stressed that the institution had launched investigations into the incident.
“We have received various reports on the sad incident too. We have commenced investigations into it and will let the public know the details after,” he said.