A 17-year-old girl, Sadiya Shehu of Tudun Murtala quarters, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State has committed suicide on Monday over a misunderstanding between her parents that led to divorce of her mother.
She died as a result of consuming insecticide locally known as pia-pia kept in her mother’s room for the purpose of repelling mosquitoes and other insects.
When Daily Trust visited the family house of the deceased, sympathisers were seen trooping to the house to condole the bereaved family. It was observed that the tragedy became a topic of discussion amongst residents of the area, as people could be seen discussing the matter in groups.
Speaking to Chronicle, father of the deceased, Malam Shehu A Lawan confirmed that late Sadiya committed suicide as a result of “a minor problem” that happened between him and her mother on Sunday which was later settled that very day.
“I had a problem with her mother over which she was not happy. She was crying and I told her that everything was over.
“I woke up early and left Sadiya and her siblings hale and hearty but unfortunately, while I was at my place of work, I received a call that she was rushed to hospital. The doctors tried their best to revive her but, as Allah Has decreed, she passed away,” he said.
When asked whether late Sadiya was proposed for marriage by anybody, Lawal confirmed that she had a suitor who proposed to marry her, saying that “in fact the last time I spoke with him about their marriage, he promised that he would send his parents to us to conclude the arrangement for their wedding as soon as his father returns to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia.
“Unfortunately, as God would have it, this marriage could not be contracted as the bride to be has gone forever.
Late Mama (Sadiya) was dearer to my heart among all my children, I must confess. As a Muslim faithful, I accept this tragedy in good faith and I pray to Almighty Allah to grant her Jannatul Firdaus,” he concluded.