Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 January 2013

Nigeria: How Kaduna Girl Killed Herself With Insecticide

Kaduna — Caught in a boy's house, a 17-year-old SS2 student took her own life in Kaduna State.

Christiana Silas, 17, breathed her last on December 25 Christmas day after taking a dose of insecticide in Karatudu area near Gonin Gora on Abuja-Kaduna Express Way.

It was gathered that Christiana took the decision to kill herself after she was found in a boy's room in the neighbourhood.

Our reporter who visited the family of the girl at Karatudu, an area in Kaduna south also gathered that she was, until her death, an SS 2 student of Government Day Secondary School in Romi.

Narrating the incident leading to her death, Christiana's father, Mr. Silas Wuyah, said his late daughter disappeared from the house at about 9pm on Christmas day, and the family began to look for her soon after her absence was noticed.

He said "I was not around, I travelled to Zaria, but I was called and told that she could not be found. They went to the house opposite mine to ask if she had gone there, but they said she wasn't there. They searched round Karatudu and Romi, but could not find her; then they made phone calls to other places all to no avail. So they went to the house opposite mine to ask after her again, but they said she was not there.

"After many hours of search and phone calls, my wife went to the house opposite mine again to ask one of the boys living in the compound, but he said she was not there, but my brother's wife said she didn't trust the boy because she wondered why he was staying outside up till about 11pm. So she bypassed him and went into his room. And she found the girl lying on the bed and covered with blanket."

When Christiana was sighted, the father said, she was asked to return to the house immediately, but family members were very angry at the development.

"So my family members who were already confused and bitter over what happened rushed the boy and started beating him. In the process of beating him, my daughter went inside the house and drank chemical used for killing termites. She was found foaming and rolling on the floor inside the parlour," the father confirmed.

He said she was immediately rushed to a hospital in Gonin Gora, but that she died even before they reached the hospital.

"I rushed back from Zaria to the hospital in Gonin Gora and it was confirmed to me that she was dead; then I asked my younger brother to go arrest the boy in whose room she was found, because I didn't want to have two corpses at the same time. I told the police to keep the boy so that angry family members and neighbours would not kill him when they learn that my daughter was dead."

Mr. Silas said nobody knows why Christiana killed herself. He said since she was born, nobody has ever used a cane on her.

"So, I am still imagining what her problem could be that she has to kill herself. Maybe she was afraid of shame that she was caught in a boy's room," he suggested.

Silas said the boy at the centre of the sad incident has since been released. He said he does not have any case to pursue with the boy.

Speaking further, he said: "If I am to drag any case with the boy, I will just be wasting my time, because my daughter would not come back. The boy is part of the family, because he always comes to my house and I do send him on errands. Though I know that my daughter killed herself after she left his room, I have forgiven him. I know it is evil spirit that entered and asked her to take the chemical and die so that she will not listen to what anybody will say.

"After the boy was released by the police, I brought him to my house and told my family members that he has been forgiven and that nobody should see him as the killer of their sister.

"All I know is that I have been cheated and the life of my daughter has been wasted, but I believe that God knows better. I don't want to drag any case, because I want her spirit to rest."

When asked whether there was any relationship between the girl and the boy, he said he can't tell whether the boy was her boyfriend, but he confirmed that the boy was always mingling with other children in his house.

Weekly Trust, however, gathered from neighbours that the boy was Christiana's boy friend.

While some neighbours could not come to terms with the reason why she killed herself, others said it could be to cover the shame that she was found in a boy's room at that hour, or that perhaps she was pregnant and did not want to face the shame that might come later.

The father disclosed that the girl was very close to him during her life time than his other children. He said she was even closer to him than she was to her mother.

Weekly Trust gathered from neighbours that the attitude displayed by the girl on the day she died was very unusual. They were, however, not specific on what she did. They also confirmed that Silas' children are always indoor except when they go to school or when they are sent on errand.

Meanwhile, sympathizers have continued to throng the house of Mr. Silas to console him over the death of his daughter who has since been buried on December 29, 2012.

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