UNIPORT undergraduate commits suicide after suffering from depression


Hikmat Gbadamosi, a 100-level student of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has killed herself by drinking two bottles of insecticide, Sniper

She reportedly committed suicide on Saturday, but the incident was only discovered on Monday.

Some of her course mates, who were worried that she missed a test on Monday, went to look for her at her lodge in the Aluu area of Rivers State.

Her bloated remains were reportedly discovered, as the case was reported to the police.

She was said to have taken a video if herself, where she said, “…it worsens every time and I don’t know who to call.”

One of her colleagues, who identified herself only as Esther, said the deceased was always withdrawn, adding that she also barred friends from visiting her in her lodge.

She said, “Olaitan (Gbadamosi) was not talking to people before she died. I would say she was withdrawn; I thought her behaviour was due to her social status because she came from a wealthy family

“I heard she did not allow friends to visit her in her room off campus and that was why her body was discovered two days after she committed the act; her face was already swollen and black.”

Also, one of her flatmates, who identified herself only as Vera, said “Ola (Gbadamosi) was one of the coolest and calmest girls in the lodge. On Saturday, she was seen around 11pm talking to some people.

“She stayed alone in her room. People in the lodge did not notice her absence on Sunday until her course mates came to look for her on Monday. They said she missed a test and that they had been trying her telephone line, which was not reachable. A few of them decided to check up on her.

“When they knocked on her door, there was no response. They alerted the security guards and tried all they could to make the door open, not knowing that she was dead.

“The security guards alerted the police and the emergency department of the university and when they arrived, they forced the door open. She was found dead. She was in the same clothes she wore on Saturday night.”

The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said investigation had commenced to ascertain the actual cause of her death.

He said, “It is a suicide case and her corpse has been deposited in a mortuary. Investigation has been ordered to ascertain the cause of her death through an autopsy. We want to know if it was what they alleged she drank that killed her or other extraneous factors.”

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