September 18, 2016

When death became attractive option!

When death became attractive option!

Sarah Imoleayo Ighiadebo

•Student’s suicide note: My academic is all I live for. If I can’t get it right, f**k existing

By AbdulSalam Muhammad, KANO

It sounded like a scene from Nollywood horror movie with the trappings of tragic consequences but little could be done to halt the impending doom. The scene of the tragic event was the waiting room of the Head, Computer Science, Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

Sarah Imoleayo Ighiadebo

Sarah Imoleayo Ighiadebo

A spill- over female student of Library Science Department of the university, Miss Sarah Imoleayo, allegedly stormed the school with her mind made up to end her life.

In her bag was a potent insecticide identified as “Sniper 1000EC DDVP”.

Mansur Babagana, BUK Head, Computer Science Department, in a memo to the university authorities detailing his brief encounter with the late student, said he rushed to the scene following the report of a dying lady in his reception.

In the two pages letter by Babagana, titled, ‘Report on the suicide incident of Sarah Imoleayo Ighiadebo (EDU/12/LIS/00195), May 16th, 2016, revealed: “I rushed to the reception and found her on her knees clutching her stomach with a bottle beside her labeled, “SNIPER 1000EC DDVP” potent insecticide.”

The HOD disclosed that effort was made to get her to the university clinic while the Chief Security Officer of BUK was promptly alerted.

“We asked for the security  details that came and took her belongings which included her hand bag and two cell phones. We were about to go to the clinic when we met the Director of Security half way down the stairs and he took possession of her belongings”.

Why She Chose Death
Igbiodebo was said to have been frustrated when it became obvious that she had lost space to re-register a non-elective course for two years running, and, therefore, choosing death, she allegedly drank the insecticide identified as “Sniper 1000EC DDVP” .

In a suicide note obtained by Sunday Vanguard, the 25-year-old made it clear that death was an option at the point she took her own life.
She stated in the note she left behind that education was her life and anything short of it was not worth living. Igbiadebo wrote: “I will not apply for course suspension, my academic is all I live for. If I can’t get it right, fuck ‘existing”.

The race to revive the student was said to have met a brick wall at the school clinic following what sources described as “overwhelming emergency” which forced the clinic to promptly refer her case to a government hospital in Kano. It was learnt at the government hospital that “she was brought in almost dead forcing the personnel to send her back to sender”. She was subsequently returned to the school clinic where she breathed her last.

Her sordid action threw the academic community into shock.

As of the time of going to press, it was a waiting game for the report of the committee set up by BUK authorities to probe the circumstances surrounding the death.

The police in Kano has since confirmed the incident.
Sunday Vanguard is already intensifying efforts to track the parents of Sarah who are believed to reside in Edo State.