A 19-year-old female student of Dyege Memorial College, Akpehe, Makurdi, Benue State, on Wednesday committed suicide after her boyfriend, identified simply as Labi, impregnated another girl and subsequently dumped her after impregnating another girl.
According to close friends of the deceased, Beer killed herself because she loved Labi and could not accept the fact that she had been jilted.
A close friend to Beer said that her late friend believed that after impregnating another girl, her future plans with Labi was shattered.
The source said when she went to Beer’s residence; she met the victim on the floor, vomiting blood.
“My friend had brought a sharp knife the day before the incident to my house. She said I should follow her to her boyfriend’s house, threatening to deal with him. But I advised her not to take the law into her own hands.
“When I went to see her the next day, I met Jessica (Beer) on the floor, vomiting blood and I quickly raised the alarm.”
The victim was rushed to a private hospital, Yiman Hospital, in the area, where she was confirmed dead by doctors.
The Chief Nurse at the hospital, Mrs. Atser Terkimbi, told our correspondent that when the victim was brought to the hospital, she was foaming at the mouth as a result of the poisonous substance she took.
One of the victim’s classmates told Punch correspondent in tears that she was shocked that Beer would intentionally commit suicide because of a man.
Another classmate said,
“I was told that the boyfriend (Labi) is a cultist and an armed robber, who had refused to further his education. Why should my friend commit suicide over such a person? I can never do such a thing.”
The proprietress of the school, Mrs. Mercy Dyege, told our correspondent that she was astonished when the news of the suicide got to her.
According to Dyege, the news of Jessica suicide filtered into the school while the students were on the assembly ground.
She described the action of the student as barbaric and ungodly, saying she always advised students to focus on their studies and devote their time to God rather than engaging in carnal activities.
‘’My teachers always pray with the students and teach them the words of God, especially the female students. I also told the girls that when they put their minds on their studies and complete their education, men will look for them. This kind of incident has never occurred in my school and I condemn this behaviour in strong terms.”
One of Beer’s teachers, Mr. Timothy Tyoyange, described her as an average student, who was willing to learn from both teachers and her fellow students.
“Jessica (Beer) was a beautiful young lady and in our last prize giving and graduation day, she contested for Miss Dyege, organised by the college, and won the crown. So, she killed herself at a time she was about to fulfill her dream in life. May her soul rest in peace’’.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident.
“Investigation has commenced. I advise other students to desist from such acts,” he added.