Another final year under-graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Samuel Elias, 25, has commited suicide by taking deadly substance suspected to be Sniper.
Mrs. Kate Elias, mother of the deceased, who is a staff of UNN, told pressmen that the sad incident occurred in her house at Justina Eze Street, Nsukka, Enugu state.
“I came back from work on that fateful day and discovered that the mood of my first child was bad and he was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of soft drink from the refrigerator.
“I followed him to his room and started talking to him but he could not respond, and when I looked closely, I discovered that his teeth had tightened up.
“As I looked around, I saw an empty sniper bottle; at this point, I raised the alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him palmoil, but his tightened teeth did not allow the oil to enter his mouth,” she stated.
According to the deceased mother, Samuel, who was a student of the Department of Religion and Culture, was immediately rushed to the hospital, from where he was referred to the Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, where he eventually gave up the ghost.
She claimed that her son had been unhappy with the way his late father’s family had abandoned them.
“I know of two things he usually complained about – his inability to graduate from the university since 2016 because of the project that he had not finished as his classmates had all gone for their NYSC program.
“Also, how his father’s family in Ihechiowa in the Arochukwu LG of Abia state has abandoned us after my husband died. Whenever he complained of these things, I usually advised him to trust in God, who si capable of solving every problem.
Reacting to the sad occurrence, the Head of Department of Religion and Culture, UNN, Prof. Tagbo Ugwu, said somebody called to inform him of the incident.