Although there is no official data to back it up, but based on recent media reports, it seems suicide rate may be on the rise in Nigeria. Like never before, young people need emotional and psychological help through the hopelessness hovering over the country.
Last week, the suicide story of a 22-year old student of Lagos State Polytechnic, Damilola Adegoke hit the internet.
Damilola, a National Diploma 1 student of Business Administration, had on Monday, encouraged her friends on her Facebook page and showed no signs of being suicidal.
Damilola was said to have taken an insecticide, Sniper, when there was nobody in the house.
In a chat with Punch, the mother of Damilola explained that, although, there was nothing suicidal about her behaviour, she had been using strange slangs lately.
Her mother said,
Only two of us lived together and we didn’t have any disagreement. She didn’t quarrel with anybody. That morning, we both ate bread and stew. She said she would use the remaining stew to prepare noodles later in the day. She lay on the bed, pressing her phone while I had a nap on the tiles.
When I told her I was going to her sister’s shop at First Gate around 1pm, she said, ‘Eyo mi le jare (let me be).’ She started using that slang recently. Her sister and I had questioned her about it. We didn’t read any negative meaning to it. I didn’t want to go out that day, she persuaded me so she could carry out her plan.”
On getting back home around 9pm, I met her sleeping and tried to wake her up. That was when I discovered she was in a coma. I smelled sniper in her mouth and raised the alarm. I gave her palm oil and water while people joined me to take her to a private hospital. She could not talk.
From that hospital, we rushed her to a primary health centre in our community. She was confirmed dead on arrival and we reported to the police. Nothing strange was found on her mobile phone.”
Meanwhile, Damilola’s friend, Faith Omoh said she spoke with Damilola some hours before her death and she was cheerful with no hints of being suicidal.
In a related event, another young lady in her 20s committed suicide in the Ajuwon area of Ogun State after she drank sniper.
The young lady, Patience Akpan was said to have left her father, a driver with a bank on the Ajuwon road and was found in another street on the floor writhing in pains.
She was declared dead by the time she was rushed to the hospital.
Similarly, Ariyibi Ayomide, an 100 level Unilag student, also drank sniper and took her own life because she was allegedly accused of what she may not have done.
Punch reported that Ayomide was accused by her roommates of stealing a makeup kit, calling her derogatory names.
Ayomide called her mum, who is a Unilag staff and she took her home. As the only one at home as the mother had left again for work, Ayomide drank sniper and took her own life.