Another UNN final year student commits suicide by drinking Sniper

By AdvocateNews on 21/06/2019

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Mr Samuel Elias a final year student of the Department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria Nsukka has committed suicide by drinking Sniper.

This came barely a month after a 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies of the university, Chukwuemeka Akachi took his own life after drinking two bottles of sniper in an uncompleted building in the university comminuty. 

The mother of the latest victim, Mrs Kate Eliias  a staff of off the university said that the unfortunate incident occurred on Monday June 17, at about 5.30pm in her house at Justina Eze Street Nsukka.

Mrs Elias said she came back from work that fateful day and discovered that the mood of her first child was bad. She noted that he was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of coke from the fridge.

“I followed him immediately to his room and started talking to him but he could not respond and when I looked closely his teeth had tightened up.

“As I look around I saw an empty bottle of sniper, at this  point I raised alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him red oil but his tightened teeth would not allow the oil enter his mouth,” she said.

“We immediately rushed him to Faith foundation Hospital Nsukka where we were referred to Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka, Samuel died in Bishop Shanahan Hospital.”

The mother of seven said her 25-year-old-son  could have died of depression, noting that he had been lamenting of his inability to graduate from UNN because of his final year project that was still holding  him back.

She also said that her son had not been happy with his late father’s family that had abandoned them since their father died.

"I know two things he usually complained of, his inability to graduate from UNN since 2016 because of the project that he has not finished as his classmates have all gone for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)

“Also his father’s family in Ihechiowa in Arochukwu local government, Abia state who abandoned us since their father died.

“Whenever he complained of these things I usually advice him to trust God who is capable of solving every problem.


“I do not know why he went to this extent of committing suicide. I have seven children and he is my first child.

“it still looks like a dream to me that my first son and first child has died, ” she said in tears.

Reacting to the incident, Prof Tagbo Ugwu, the Head of Department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka said somebody called him and told him about the unfortunate incident.

“I received the news with rude shock and surprise.

“I will find out from his supervisor what is wrong from the project that has stopped him from graduating,”he said.

When contacted Mr Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO)  Enugu State confirmed the incident and said police would investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

“The police is aware of Samuel Elias death,  a final year student of department of Religion and Culture in UNN  who committed suicide on Monday by drinking  sniper.

“Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, ” he said.

Posted 21/06/2019 07:18:06 AM


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