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Tragic Loss: University of Ilorin Student Takes Her Life After Loaning N500,000 to Snapchat Lover
In a heart-wrenching incident that highlights the perils of financial vulnerability and the dangers of online relationships, a 20-year-old student of the University of Ilorin, Sanni Hameedat, took her own life. The reason behind this tragic event was her decision to lend a substantial sum of N500,000 to an acquaintance she met on Snapchat. This deeply distressing story sheds light on the complexities of modern life, social media, and the weight of financial pressures.
A Tale of Tragedy and Financial Misappropriation:
Hameedat, a student undergoing her SIWES (Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme) program, found herself entangled in a web of financial troubles. She entrusted with a significant sum of money by her mother, a responsibility she took very seriously. Her life took an unfortunate turn when she crossed paths with a young man on Snapchat who claimed that his mother was battling breast cancer and urgently needed N500,000.
Driven by compassion and emotional empathy, Hameedat made the fateful decision to lend the young man half of the N1 million she held for her mother. The man promised to repay the borrowed money, but as the situation unfolded, it took a sinister turn. He abruptly cut off all contact, leaving Hameedat in a state of turmoil. She was faced with the challenge of repaying the missing N500,000, and in desperation, she resorted to borrowing money from various apps.
The devastating toll of the financial burden pushed Hameedat to make an unimaginable decision. In an attempt to make up the borrowed N500,000, she gathered N450,000 from loan apps and added her savings of N50,000 to reach the required amount.
The Tragic End:
This story takes a turn for the worse when it’s revealed that Hameedat ingested a bottle of pesticide known as Sniper. Her roommate discovered her in distress, foaming from her mouth, and vomiting. Frantically, the roommate sought help, and Hameedat was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). Tragically, she was declared dead.
University’s Response and Investigation: The university community is in mourning, and there are calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Hameedat’s death. The university’s Dean of Student Affairs and the Head of Corporate Affairs were both unreachable for comment due to their involvement in the 37th and 38th combined convocation ceremony. However, the Student Union President, Ologundudu Adesunkanmi, confirmed the incident and stated that the appropriate authorities are being informed to conduct a comprehensive investigation.
Sanni Hameedat’s story is a poignant reminder of the challenges that young people face in a world where online relationships and financial pressures can have devastating consequences. Her tragic loss serves as a stark warning about the potential dangers of online connections and the dire need for mental health support in educational institutions. It is a heartbreaking story that calls for increased awareness, empathy, and vigilance in addressing the mental and emotional well-being of students.