Residents of Kwanan Bola Street in Badarawa a suburb of Kaduna metropolis were yesterday thrown into confusion when a 15-year-old girl committed suicide allegedly because her father scolded her. It was gathered that the deceased drank a poisonous substance.
A source told Daily Trust that the girl after taking the substance became unconscious. It was further gathered that when she was discovered, she was given liquid milk and palm oil to “slow down the effect of the poison in her body” before she was rushed to the hospital in the area where she was pronounced dead.
Our correspondent who visited the deceased’s home, reports that sympathizers were seen trooping to the house to console her parents.
A source said trouble started when the father of the deceased, who is a police officer, had an argument with the deceased over an issue.
“I only talked to her about an issue which I do not like. I told her that I was not happy with her behaviour. I said I do not like seeing boys around her, that is all we talked about. I never raised my hand to beat her. I liked her because she was a good girl. But look at what she did to herself. When I was leaving the house this morning, she was lying down in the sitting room, and she apologized for offending me. I told her I was not happy with her recent behaviour, and she told me to forgive her. I was at the office when I received a phone call that I should come home immediately that my daughter has been rushed to Garkuwa hospital. Before I got there, I received another call that I should come straight home, where I met her lifeless body,” he said.
He said initially, the deceased was not living with him, but that she visited him a few years back and she asked him to secure admission for her in a secondary school in the area.
“It was when she visited us that she told me to get her admission to proceed with her studies here in Badarawa. She had just completed her junior secondary school then. I just don’t know why she did what she did,” he said.
The mother of the deceased refused to speak to the press, saying they have left everything to God.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident, saying the father of the girl had been invited for questioning.
“We have invited the father for questioning because it seems there was a problem between him and his daughter before she died”, he said.