A 15-year-old girl living with her parents in Sabon Gari in Jega, Kebbi State has committed suicide by drinking insecticide after a minor squabble with her family.
Close family sources said the incident occurred after the deceased had an argument with her aunt and mother.
“Her mother, Fatima, a divorcee, scolded her when she heard of the fight between her and her aunt and she threatened to kill herself if the family continues to scold her. She later drank a small bottle of Ota pia-pia (insecticide) and died”, a source said.
Sheikh Rimi Jega, who resides close to the girl’s home, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate and un-Islamic.
“Her parents were staying in Ungwan Rimi before they moved to Sabon Gari and they are very responsible people. I do not know what made her to commit suicide. Whoever commits suicide in Islam, according to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will go to hell. I urge parents to maintain good relationship with their children and observe changes in their behaviour. This is a disaster because only Allah knows what contributions she and her children would have made to the development of the country,” he said.
All efforts to get police to comment on the incident proved abortive, as the authorities did not respond to messages sent to them.