Sanni Hameedat, a 20-year-old University of Ilorin student, is said to have killed herself after lending N500,000 to a guy she met on the social media app Snapchat.
In a statement made available to Objectv Media Online on Wednesday, the private hostel management Rubiks said that Hameedat was enrolled in her SIWES curriculum when the event occurred.
The management asserted that the cause of her death was not unrelated to the pressure from the app agents, who were demanding fast repayment, coupled with her brother’s inability to assist her financially, which led to depression.
“The cause of Suicide was traced to financial misappropriation. She was entrusted with a significant sum of money by her mother. She crossed paths with a guy on Snapchat and developed a friendship.
“When the boy claimed that his mother was battling breast cancer and urgently needed N500,000, the compassionate and emotional lady decided to help him by lending him half of the N1 million she held for her mother. And the boy promised to repay the borrowed money.
“However, when her mother needed the money back, the boy abruptly cut off all up all contact, blocking her. This left her deeply troubled and in order for her to make up the missing N500,000, she resorted to borrowing money from various apps.”
Hameedat was able to collect N450,000 from the loan applications and combine it with her N50,000 in savings to cover the N500,000 she had to borrow.
The management also claimed that she had reportedly consumed a bottle of the popular pesticide Sniper the night before, and that her flatmate (name withheld), who had gone to bed early, awoke in the middle of the night to find her in distress and vomiting and foaming at the mouth.
“Alarmed, the roommate sought help, and she was rushed to UITH before being declared dead,” the statement concluded.