A heartbreaking incident has unfolded at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), where a 20-year-old student, Sanni Hameedat, took her own life after lending a substantial sum of N500,000 to a boy she met on Snapchat.
Hameedat was in the middle of her SIWES program when the tragic event occurred, as reported by Rubiks, the private hostel management where she resided.
According to the hostel management, her suicide was attributed to financial pressure from the app agents, who were pressuring her for repayment, as well as her brother’s inability to provide her with financial assistance, which led to her experiencing depression.
The hostel management’s statement explained that the root cause of the suicide was financial misappropriation. Hameedat had received a significant sum of money from her mother and encountered a young man on Snapchat with whom she developed a friendship.
Upon hearing the young man’s claim that his mother was battling breast cancer and urgently needed N500,000, Hameedat, who was compassionate and sympathetic, decided to lend him the money. She had set aside N1 million for her mother and was willing to help the young man under the condition that he would repay the borrowed amount.
However, the young man abruptly cut off all contact with her and blocked her when her mother requested the money to be returned. This left Hameedat in a state of distress, and she resorted to borrowing money from various apps to make up the missing N500,000.
Hameedat managed to collect N450,000 from the loan applications and combined it with her N50,000 in savings to cover the N500,000 she had borrowed.
The management also revealed that she had consumed a bottle of the notorious pesticide Sniper the night before her tragic death. Her roommate, who had gone to bed early, woke up in the middle of the night to find Hameedat in distress, vomiting, and foaming at the mouth.
Alarmed, the roommate sought assistance, and Hameedat was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) before being declared dead.
Both the Dean and Professor M.T. Yakubu, UNILORIN’s head of corporate affairs, declined to comment due to their attendance at the institution’s combined convocation ceremony.
Ologundudu Adesunkanmi, also known as Royal Prince, the president of the student union, confirmed the incident and stated that the university authorities were aware of it and had initiated an investigation. The tragic loss of Hameedat has left the university community deeply saddened.