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45 days after, Zamfara girl who set self ablaze dies

The 17-year-old girl simply identified as Aisha, who set herself ablaze in Zamfara State over her fiancé’s inability to marry her, died on Wednesday, her…

The 17-year-old girl simply identified as Aisha, who set herself ablaze in Zamfara State over her fiancé’s inability to marry her, died on Wednesday, her father, Aminu Muhammad, told Daily Trust.

He said Aisha died in the early hours of yesterday after she was taken back to her bed from the bathroom at the federal medical facility in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

Since the incident, Aisha had been wrapped in bandage. Daily Trust gathered that yesterday, she was taken to the bathroom where the bandage was removed so that a new round of medicinal application could be applied on her.

“On return from the bathroom she gave up the ghost. We have been battling with medical bills since she was admitted here 45 days ago. Just two days ago, we received prescription that cost N26,000 and we couldn’t buy the medicine because we had no money.

“It is true that we received donations from public spirited individuals and we are very grateful for their concern. I can tell you that we spent over N700, 000 on medication and the money came largely thorough donations. But with the severity of the burns all over her body the money was little compared to what was actually needed for the treatment,” the deceased’s father said.

It would be recalled that the 17-year-old Aisha who was residing in Albarkawa area in Gusau metropolis, early September set her self ablaze, owing to her fiancé’s inability to marry her due to his poor finances.

It was gathered that Aisha decided to commit suicide after she learnt that man who had been dating her for a long time had no money to pay her dowry in preparation for the wedding.

Daily Trust gathered that the lover, called Umar was asked by her parents to present himself to her family for the engagement but the young man told them that he was not financially well-off to pay the N17, 000 demanded as dowry by the father of the girl.

Daily Trust further learnt that she then got a gallon of petrol and a matchbox, poured the content on herself and lit a match stick. Within seconds, she was engulfed in flames. She was then taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, where she received treatment until she died.

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