Monday, 30 May 2016

A female student in the Department of Library Science,
Faculty of Education, Bayero University Kano (BUK), has
ended her life by taking an insecticide.
She left a suicide note saying that she has failed to meet a
dateline for the registration of an elective course.
In the note she said, “I will not apply for course suspension
my academics is all I live for, if I can’t get it right, f**k
existing.”
The student, Sarah Imoleaya Ighidabo, from Edo State, failed
an elective course unit in the faculty of sciences after
missing examinations and was made to repeat the course.
Ms Ighidalo had passed all her major courses in Library
Science.
But by missing registration of her elective course, meant that
she was not enrolled for the course during the semester and
had to retake the course next year.
However, on Thursday May 12, 2016, the deceased went to
the faculty’s office to see if anything could be done about
her case, but she found out that it was too late to make any
amends.
Consequently, she became restless, left the office and
descended the stairs to where she had kept her bag. There,
she was said to have written a suicide note and brought out
a container of Sniper insecticide used mostly in driving away
soil borne pests and drank it. She left her mobile phone,
charger, suicide note, her bag and the container under the
staircase and returned to the office.
A source in the Computer Science Department told Daily
Trust that soon after the student was told that her
registration for the course was incomplete due to a late
registration, she left the office without talking to anybody.
The source added that it seemed the student had already
planned the suicide even before she encountered some
challenges in the process of her registration.
“She drank the insecticide under the staircase and left the
container, her handbag, phone charger and other belongings
in a hidden corner,” the source said.
“When she returned to the office, she began to complain of a
chest pain and, in no time, she lost her consciousness. She
was then rushed to the university clinic.
“But the problem was beyond the university clinic and she
was taken to AKTH (Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital) and that
was where she died,” said the source.
Immediately after the incidence occurred, the news went
round the campuses and sent the faculty into a state of
shock.
Daily Trust gathered that by the time that the news of her
death filtered out, the empty container of the Sniper, her
handbag, registration forms, bank payment receipts and
phone charger were discovered by some students under the
staircase.
The registration forms contained her name, registration
number (Edu/12/LIS/00195), mode of entry, which is Direct
Entry (DE), date of birth (01/01/1970), local government of
origin (Etsako East local government) and her state of origin,
Edo State.
The forms also contained her home address (Yelwa
Television, Kaduna), her marital status, (single) and her next
of kin.
Philomena Umoru was stated as her mother’s name. She
resides in the same area in Kaduna.
The student’s payment form of N29, 000 in the First Bank of
Nigeria, Kuje branch, also contained her phone number and
email address.
On the top of the form and at its bottom, a hand writing
indicating: “Library & Information Science LIS4205,” was
seen.
At the back of one of the two forms, the student wrote a
message that read: “I will not apply for course suspension.
My academic is all I live for. If I can’t get it right, fuck
existing.”
Daily Trust learnt that a similar message was found in her
room outside the campus.
Sources told Daily Trust that, already, the university
management had received an interim report about the
incidence from the concerned head of department.
The university’s authority, it was gathered, is still
investigating the incidence.
Efforts to reach the Director Public Affairs Ahmed Shehu
were not successful. He sent a text message saying he was
in a meeting.
When contacted by phone, the Police Public Relations
Officer, Kano State Command, Deputy Superintendent Musa
Majia said the University authorities have reported the case
to police on Monday and that the Commissioner, Alhaji
Maigari Abbati had ordered the transfer of the case to the
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