The management of the University of Ilorin has condoled with the parents, friends, and colleagues of a deceased student, Sanni Hameedat, who committed suicide after lending a boy she met on a social media platform, Snapchat, the sum of N500,000.
Hameedat was undergoing her SIWES programme before the incident happened.
The management of the private hostel — Rubiks — she resided in before her demise confirmed in a circulated message on WhatsApp that the cause of her death was connected to the pressure from the app agents, who were demanding quick repayment, coupled with her brother’s inability to assist her financially, which led to depression.
The institution, in a statement made available by the Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, on Wednesday, he said, “The management of the University of Ilorin has received with sadness the death of one of the university students, Sanni Hameedat, by suicide allegedly over a failed financial transaction.
“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.”
Akogun described the incident as “a most horrible way to die, especially for a promising young lady who had every opportunity before her to make it big in life”.
He further expressed that the university management sympathised with the parents, siblings, friends, and colleagues of the deceased and prayed that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss, stressing, “The management will counsel the students of the university to be wary of the company they keep in order not to fall into the traps of scammers.”
“The University of Ilorin is reputed to be a bastion of moral and academic education and we are surprised that any of our students, upon all the moral and academic instructions inculcated in them, could have associated with such undesirable element of a supposed boyfriend, and even went ahead to take the extreme step of taking her own life,” the university management lamented.