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100-level UNILAG Student Commits Suicide after She was Accused of Theft



The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has confirmed the death of one Ariyibi Ayomide, a 100-level student of Employee Relations and Human Resources Management, who was said to have taken insecticide at home in a bid to kill herself after she was accused of stealing.

PUNCH reports that the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Toyin Adebule on Sunday said that the school will meet with her family.

“She died at home. There is a rumour that she was accused of stealing some things in the hostel. When we meet the family, we will know what exactly happened. But definitely, she is dead. Definitely, she committed suicide. I have gone to her hall and I have confirmed the incident. Our thoughts are with the family,” Adebule said.

The sad story was first shared on Facebook by one Ajani Damilola. He wrote:

With a disheartening heart, we write to inform you of the Demise? of Ariyibi Ayomide, a Student of Unilag, From the faculty of business administration in department of Employee Relations and Human Resources Management (ER & HRM), 100 Level.

Full story:

An incident happened in her room (Amina Hostel) which involved the missing of belongings (which includes makeup and clothes) of another girl in d same room. On Thursday, some of the belongings of the fellow roommate was found in Ayomide’s bag (scattered in three different bags – make up in one of of her bag, clothes in another bag and clothes in another bag making 3 of Ayomide’s bag). As a result the roommates disgraced Ayo and called her many names (relating to a thief) and disgraced her publicly. Ayomide called her mum and her mum came down next day (Friday) to settle d issue. The makeup was valued at #2000 in which Her mum paid. After that, her mum told her to pack her bags and follow her home which she did but as she was going the room mates shouted on her and called her so many names.

Her mum took her home and went back to work (her mum is a unilag staff). Ayomide was d only one left at home when she took sniper (insecticide) in the afternoon. Her mum came back in the evening and saw her child in a critical state. So she asked what happened to her; Ayomide just stretched her hand to do bottle of d sniper she took. Immediately her mum gave her palm oil (epo in yoruba) but results were not forthcoming. So she rushed her to a medical centre at Ebute-metta, still results were not favourable, she was then taken to LUTH (Medilag). Ayo gave up in LUTH around after 7 yesterday (Friday).

That’s the sad story



  1. Brice

    May 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Chai, so sad. May her soul rest in peace AMEN

    • Halifax

      May 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Many years ago my friend roomed with her group of friends and a similar incident took place. They were a mish-mash group of young ladies at the time, the “loudest” and most outgoing (in a trying to hard way) was from the most humble of homes and used to rely on her roommates for food, shelter and sometimes clothing. She wasn’t the person blamed for the theft, some other quiet, chilled out girl was.

      Anyway fast forward to this year, I ran into my friend at a conference and we decided to have dinner together. In the process of catching up she reminded me about the theft and gave me an update; the “loud” friend of hers had called each friend in the group to beg for their forgiveness. She said she stole the items (but joined the other girls in the group to mock the “chilled”/quiet girl). Anyway, she rang to tell my friend that her pastor had told her the reason for her “stagnation” in life (I had other theories about said stagnation but nobody asked me so I kept my gob shut) was because of that theft from many years ago and she was sorry and she hoped they could forgive her.

      My friend is swamped by feelings of guilt at the unfair way they treated their friend, she is shocked that the thief was someone she trusted with her life at the time and is unsure how to make amends to the friend she lost. Me? I was shocked at the news and thankful that I always found “group friendships” (is that what they’re called?) stifling.

    • deee

      May 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Truly sad.

      I feel that spirit of suicide has crept into Nigeria. We need to destroy that demon before it takes more lives.
      This cannot be the norm in Nigeria, this just CANNOT be.

    • ANON

      May 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      huh? The spirit of what? WTF? Did Judas not kill himself in the Bible? Did Okonkwo not commit suicide in Things Fall Apart? . Nigerians can be so stupid, even the Bible doesnt dismiss things like suicide, but trust you guys to. More Christian than the Bible itself

    • Idomagirl

      May 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Suicide has been happening here even before the white men came.
      You never heard stories of people in those days whose bodies were thrown into evil forests for committing suicide?
      Suicide like adultery like stealing is as old as humanity itself.
      Over here many families cover up because of the stigma.
      Social media is making us more aware of these occurences, it doesn’t mean that it’s some new trend.

      Saying the spirit of suicide is creeping in is nonsense.
      We musn’t overspirutualize everything, what we need is improved access to mental health care.
      Nigerians also need to embrace empathy more, be kinder and stop being so wicked and judgemental.

  2. critic

    May 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

    you never know what your actions can birth out. those roommates should be arrested for bullying and taking laws to their hands, if possible conspiracy to murder. we need to stop peer Bully and all forms of intimidation

    • Seriously

      May 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Arrested for bullying? Real criminals are not arrested in critical situations let alone bunch of bullies. It’s interesting how stealing on a small case is addressed and handled in Nigeria. This is a case of accusation because it could have been a setup However, there’s clear evidence of stolen resources, money because the country is suffering. No electricity, good roads, better healthcare etc But Nigerians are mute and coward to address the stealing, embezzlement going on in their government.
      Why can’t the same aggressive attitude, frustration be applied to the leaders?

    • Anonymous

      May 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      I agree 100%. Tm sure she was bullied beyond control.,

  3. Mr. Egghead

    May 1, 2017 at 10:46 am

    “. . . in her room (Amina Hostel) which involved the missing of belongings. . . ”
    The missing of belongings?
    “. . .some of the belongings of the fellow roommate was found in Ayomide’s bag . . .”

    This is why some of you need to write IELTS before going for postgrad.


    “Immediately her mum gave her palm oil (epo in yoruba) but results were not forthcoming.”

    This is why we lose lives

    • tunmi

      May 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      I think it was well written. The school never used the word theft so they can’t be accessed of perpetuating this story that she stole.

      Also, I think we can all benefit from learning what can be done with a poison victim before they get to the hospital. Radio programs, and school announcements or programs, would be perfect to teach people what to do and what not to do. Let’s address and debunk this palm oil thing

  4. thetvseriesgeek

    May 1, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Seconded. The Police should investigate this and arrest should be made. Bully and intimidation of all forms should stop.
    #13reasonswhy, everyone needs to watch 13reasons why.

    • Stanley chijioke

      May 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Exactly…..Everyone needs to watch the series

  5. keke driver

    May 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

    This is sad o, when did Nigerians start committing suicide? Oh! This is sad….RIP

  6. Passing by

    May 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Her mom gave her epo(palm oil)???????
    Why though????
    Poor girl 🙁 RIP

    • tunmi

      May 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Because the mom didn’t know any better

  7. Darius

    May 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Why do I get this feeling that she didn’t commit the crime she was accused of. I just feel it was all a set up. The government needs to carry out a thorough investigation.

    • molarah

      May 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      But why would she commit suicide if she was not guilty of the crime? Help me understand please…

    • ANON

      May 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      because she was embarassed and may have been bullied possibly even on social media… Suicide is not a new thing or a strange thing either

  8. isaid!!

    May 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    @Darius, i agree with you. The way way the items were located in her bags so easily, just looks like they were planted deliberately. Something smells fishy here. May her soul rest in peace. amen

  9. Cocolette

    May 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Ok…just to put this out there… Palm oil has been touted as the magical antidote to all poisons but most of the time it does more harm than good, it induces vomiting and makes it easier for the toxin to be aspirated in the lungs causing further complications. If you have to give the victim anything at all, give water before rushing to the hospital where they will have an appropriate antidote.
    That said, even if she really stole those items, could her hostel mates have been kinder perhaps? Instead of disgracing her to death.

    • tunmi

      May 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      I hope this issue gets discussed on radio programs with the oap giving better advice. This would be a great opportunity to get the medical community involved. Have a representative (who actually knows their stuff) and a mental health rep offer solutions. At least let’s learn from this

    • Lucy

      May 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm


      Activated charcoal is the best remedy for injested poision because it prevent the body’s absorption of harmful chemical. Water and palm oil won’t do anything.

      When the patient gets to the hospital gastric lavage procedure may be performed. Symptom Management, fluid hydration, and psychiatric hold/ suicide watch depending on how critical the condition of the patient.

    • Cocolette

      May 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Yes Lucy, true about activated charcoal being a better option…but how many average homes have activated charcoal within reach? Even above-average homes.

    • Speechless

      May 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Kinder? What is that? This word does not exist in the Nigerian vocabulary. Kindness is perceived as being weak and stupid. We live in a society where anyone perceived of doing a wrong must pay back that wrong at least a hundred to a thousand fold. Vengeance and humiliation must be exacted to the highest order, to make sure no one else thinks of trying to commit such a crime in future. The hypocrisy of my people is mind boggling, but here we are worshiping government thieves on a daily basis and praying to be part of the sharing formula. I hope her roommates are investigated for bullying, yes and also for causing her death, by framing her for theft and shaming her in public. She sounds like a weak soul, which would have made her an easy target for the bullies. @Lucy what is activated charcoal and how does this differ from the charcoal we use to bbq?

  10. So sad... Rest in peace Ayomide

    May 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    If she wasn’t guilty would she have committed suicide?
    If actually guilty, taking a year off would have been a better idea.
    Why does suicide all of a sudden appear glamorous and appealing?
    Rest In peace Ayomide

  11. Abominable snow girl

    May 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Activated charcoal differs from the conventional charcoal as we know it because it’s formulated to be used for medicinal purposes.
    It’s available in powder or tablet form and obtainable in any registered Pharmacy.
    So sad. This shouldn’t have happened.

  12. funmilola

    May 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Bn, please we need Dr Craig to tell us more about poison and it’s antidote…..what one can give as first aid before getting to the hospital.
    Say no to bullying and ugly words, they bring harm to the soul.

  13. L'Bra

    May 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    @cocolette my little puppy ate poisonous food,I found him almost dying ,already bringing out foamy stuff from his mouth .immedialy,I raised his head up and poured EPO PUPA (PALM OIL) in his mouth.the dog came alive.I gave him enough epo pupa,.suddenly his body jacked up and he stood up to epo pupa( asin palm oil )works just as drugs&injections from the hospital also works ,its been tested and researched about.
    All those that shouted ole should be arrested.what happens to going to report to the school if u found a thief in your hostel?Imagine Ayomide had to call her mom,her mom even paid for the found items and they still shouted ”thief” in the presence of her mother….I smell Beef.there must have been some beef issue.someone who was beefing her or had issue with her must have planned that harassment
    Is this an era or generation of people who make evil decisions like taking laws into their hands without anyone punishing them? NO!

  14. Oma

    May 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Is it because she committed suicide that people are speculating over possibilities of her roommates setting her up? I don’t think that’s the issue here. Whether she actually stole the items or not, suicide is not an option and we all need to focus on that. Every situation is temporary….even the Bible Noyes that …this too shall pass. Whatever you think is the worst thing that has ever happened to you, one day, it will simply be a footnote, sentence or paragraph in your story. Besides, worse has, and will keep happening, to others. As for the room mates, they are simply a product of our society and the world in general where kindness is mistaken for weakness or meekness and crowd mentality is the order of the day in meting out justice. What they did is not peculiar to our society but we have seen countless tragic consequences of such actions in the developed world especially. Its quite said and you know what I believe….our media which has made the world a village literally has exposed us all to how people in other parts of the world use suicide as their way out of unpleasant situations. We really have to fight this ….and our culture is the best weapon. RIP to her and condolences to her family

  15. amaria

    May 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Please let’s stop giving palm oil for everything. Like already said it causes vomiting and aspiration and often makes everything worse. Sometimes vomiting a poison is much worse than drinking it. Water and quick transport to a health facility is a far better option.

  16. molarah

    May 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    But please how does arresting her roommates for bullying pose a solution to the situation at hand? Openly shaming anyone indicted for theft has been the way society from immemorial has dealt with cases of stealing. Now if there was malice or she was framed this would be another discussion. Unfortunately we cannot know the exact cause as the lady is now dead. We trust God to mete judgement as appropriate if this was the tragic story behind this case. My condolences to her family.

  17. Wow

    May 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Because its only if the person does the unthinkable that we suddenly realise they may have been innocent….. you even realise that the odds are against you and you try to make it right and move on, we dont move on!!

    In the end only the strong survive!!

    RIP Ayomide, i wish you stayed strong……

  18. Adéníji Olúwatósìn Chigozie Danladi

    May 3, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I have read diverse comments here with amusement.
    I dare to make reference to a statement a student of mine once made after punishing a whole class; it was during my service (NYSC) year. The girl said “you can never understand an individual until you view & consider things from the perspective of that person.”

    I do not support suicide in any but please, let us stop condemning Ayomide AT LEAST FOR NOW. She is a young girl who could have found it hard to cope with the overwhelming shame & disgrace. She could have asked herself how she would cope in school on her return. I maintain that she could have felt so humiliated & lost her self esteem in the process.
    I really wish she was brave enough to have stood up to the challenge but it is too late.
    I feel so bad that yet another young soul is lost.

    As for those ladies that booed and embarrassed her, they must all be summoned to state their sides of the story and their statements must be scrutinized. IF IN ANY WAY, they are found to have SET HER UP, they must face prosecution.
    Ayomide, I do not know you but I really wish the hand of time could be changed.

    Rest In Peace!!!

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