There are conflicting accounts on the circumstances that led to the death of a final-year student of the Federal University Dutse (FUD) in Jigawa State.
The student, Bashir Abdullahi, a 400-level mathematics student and an indigene of Ungwa Uku in Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State, is believed to have committed suicide on Monday after being allegedly jilted by his girlfriend, one Rafi’atu, on Valentine’s Day.
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A source told Daily Trust on the campus that the student committed the act at his Yalwawa residence on the outskirts of the state capital by drinking rat poison otherwise known as Otapiapia.
The source said when his friends discovered what happened, they rushed him to the Rasheed Shekoni Teaching Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
He added that, “There and then they put a call through to the girl to inform her of the death of Abdullahi.”
However, the lady denied cheating on Abdullahi, saying it was rather he who cheated on her.
One Ahmad Muktar Saleh (Zuwa Daya), who described himself as an accidental investigative journalist, claimed that he got the information from Raf’atu and her best friend.
Saleh said, “This information comes from the girl and her best friend and roommate that was present when everything happened. The best friend narrated that they were together with both Rafi’atu and Abdul. They went to Yahuza Suya and ate meat and had some drinks on Sunday night. They went further to Sahad Stores for shopping and returned to their homes. They departed peacefully on that day.
“What triggered the incident was: he cheated on her; he went to another girl and said he loved her after the promise they had earlier and the information came to Rafi’atu. Rafi’atu and her friend confronted him and asked him why, he was trying to deny, they showed him their evidence. He then started asking for forgiveness. Rafi’atu replied that she was no longer his girlfriend because she could not be sharing him with another lady. She told him that their love was over. They went back home. Same night, he sent her a message that if she did not come back to him, he would drink Sniper (poison). She deleted the message because she did not take it serious.
“Consequently, he drank Sniper (poison) and died at the hospital. They started watching peoples’ status and they were shocked.”
The spokesman of police in the state, DSP Zubairu Amunideen Ismail, said the police were yet to be informed.
However, the university’s spokesman, Abdullahi Yahaya Bello, confirmed the story and said the university had since commenced investigation.