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How 22-year old Polytechnic Student Allegedly Committed Suicide in Lagos



The mother of the 22-year old student of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) who allegedly committed suicide earlier this week, has narrated the events of the day the tragic incident occurred.

The woman, who identified herself as Iya Ibeji told PUNCH that her daughter Damilola Adegoke took Sniper (an insecticide) on Tuesday evening.

Damilola, a National Diploma 1 student of Business Administration, had written a message of encouragement on her Facebook page on Monday.

“Only two of us lived together and we didn’t have any disagreement. She didn’t quarrel with anybody. That morning, we both ate bread and stew. She said she would use the remaining stew to prepare noodles later in the day. She lay on the bed, pressing her phone while I had a nap on the tiles.

When I told her I was going to her sister’s shop at First Gate around 1pm, she said, ‘Eyo mi le jare (let me be).’ She started using that slang recently. Her sister and I had questioned her about it. We didn’t read any negative meaning to it. I didn’t want to go out that day, she persuaded me so she could carry out her plan.

On getting back home around 9pm, I met her sleeping and tried to wake her up. That was when I discovered she was in a coma. I smelled sniper in her mouth and raised the alarm. I gave her palm oil and water while people joined me to take her to a private hospital. She could not talk. From that hospital, we rushed her to a primary health centre in our community. She was confirmed dead on arrival and we reported to the police. Nothing strange was found on her mobile phone,” the deceased’s mother said.

Iya Ibeji said she spoke to Damilola at about 7PM that evening.

Adegoke’s childhood friend and course mate, Faith Omoh, also said they spoke on the phone a couple of hours before her death.

“We talked around 7pm that day and she was cheerful. I was shocked when her mother told me she drank snipper. Damilola (Adegoke) was friendly and likeable. We checked her mobile phone and Whatsapp chats, we didn’t find any suspicious information there. We both gained admission to study Business Administration at LASPOTECH  last year and our second semester examination is about to start,” Faith said.


  1. missappleberry

    May 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Isn’t it high time Nigerian Govt bans Sniper from being sold anywhere in this country? I know there are many ways a depressed person can take their lives and all…but at least let’s start from somewhere. I have read in the past few days of how people have been drinking this sniper stuff to take their lives. It should be banned! Period!

    • Darius

      May 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Sniper and and other lethal chemicals, as well as, addictive drugs such as tramadol, etc. should be banned. Let me digress a little – you need to see the harm such drugs are causing – lives are being rendered useless! I can’t really understand why the government allows these drugs to be sold over the counter. In some countries, you need a license to procure certain things. When are we going to get it right?

      Her death is really saddening!

    • Ade

      May 20, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      When people were committing suicide by jumping from 3rd mainland, it should have been suggested also that the bridge be demolished. Let’s get the solutions to our problems from the root cause and not cling to excuses and let this people sell their product.

  2. itsjusme

    May 20, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Are you saying banning sniper will be a solution?? come on …if someone wants to kill themselves they will take any measure to carry out their suicide…whether its an overdose or bleach (domestic cleaning product) etc etc. The Nigerian govt needs to focus on the causes of mental illness and controlling mental illness.

  3. Okeke Hyginus

    May 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Satan is always @ work to deceive mankind,but only the truth in God’s word gives an illuminition to life, eat the bread of life which Jesus is,for only in Him we have peace, but outside Him is crisis all over, therefore you are welcome aboard to Jesus the prince of peace, John 16:33.

  4. Okeke Hyginus

    May 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Good news to the opressed, Jesus is the only way out.

  5. Mj

    May 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Depressed souls everywhere

  6. Seyola

    May 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Banning sniper is not the solution. If someone is suicidal, they will still look for other ways of taking their lives. May God speak peace into every suicidal heart and may they find help in time.

  7. Nene

    May 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Sounds like she was frustrated with life. It’s a pity. The country is in a terrible state and it’s unfortunate that the young ones are taking their lives, if only people could be more patient

    • funmilola

      May 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      It’s not the fault of the country, you’ll be surprised to know that some people would have loved to be in her position before she died…… some things are just beyond our understanding.

  8. Brenda

    May 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I think it’s time the Government opened up a call center or helpline where people who are depressed can speak to trained consultants. Nigerian shrinks are also needed at a reasonable cost possibly funded by the Government. I perceive that some people just don’t want to share their problems with close friends and family. I suspect this girl deleted any possible links on her phone causing her depression.

  9. Tobi

    May 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Apparently there is some kind of sucide pact going on over the internet I think it’s called storm something can’t really remember the name but we have had alerts and been adviced to inform parents. Parents please be on alert, monitor your children’s internet access. I’ve always felt the Internet in Nigeria is more of a curse than a blessing. Stay safe people.

    • Acoustic

      May 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Yeap it’s called blue whale challenge. It targets vulnerable teenagers those desperate for validation. It lures them giving them a sense of belonging to a group and then they are encouraged to self harm, cut themselves every cut gives more thumbs up , likes , validation and accreditation at the end a large group of sick sick people tell the target that they have to win the challenge by sucide. They get so much encouragement and affirmation to take their own lives. It’s really sick and takes advantage of this instafame generation so parents please please be vigilant, because the Nigerian government are more concerned with triviality than Internet censorship.

  10. Ottawa Queen

    May 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    What crossed my mind is did she entertain a visitor friend while her mum was away? Could someone have forced her to drink it? If she sounded okay and lively over the phone according to her mum and friend, then why all of a sudden, she becomes suicidal? It’s sad anyways. Many questions raised but no definite answers. God knows best why it happened. May her soul rest in peace.

  11. Osoba joel

    May 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

    This girl is just too young to kill her self, I pray that the mother won’t get depressed too, who knows if damilola is depresssed or having a disease, anyway anyhow only GOD knows the reason why she did that to her self……… The world is coming to an end na small time remain……..

    • Debbie

      May 21, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Abi oo

  12. Boladale

    May 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Anybody that commit suicide is selfish. The person did not consider how his family will feel, the shame, the agony he will make them pass through. Suicide is not the final answer

  13. tomi

    May 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Don’t mean to sound insensitive, please sniper is the only sure killer of mosquitoes that i know.

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