A 22-year old girl, Felicia Ndon, has allegedly committed suicide by drinking a highly potent pesticide called Gamalin 20.
According to sources, this followed a misunderstanding with her aunt, Agnes, with whom she was living in Ikom, central Cross River State, Nigeria.
A large crowd gathered on Saturday afternoon at the scene of the incident. The girl, who wrote the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in May 2012 at the Government Secondary School, Ikom, was a long standing maid to Agnes, the younger sister to the father of the deceased.
“She had been living with me since she was three when her father died and I have been treating her as my daughter,” Agnes said while sobbing.
The girl was said to have taken offence when her aunt scolded her for coming back late from the market.
“I did not do anything to her. I just threw an empty water jog on her for staying too long in the market and she ran away,” Agnes further told our correspondent. Agnes said she thought Felicia had gone to her restaurant near the Ikom Motor park where she assisted her in serving food “but she went straight and bought Gamalin 20 and went to the house and drank it.”
She said it was when the girl failed to come back after about an hour that she sent one of the girls staying with her to look for her and when she got home “she saw Felicia lying on the floor and called me and I rushed home and immediately took her to the hospital but it was too late.”
The body of the dead girl, which was wrapped in a native mat and put in the boot of a golf car with her legs dangling outside, was taken to Obubra their birthplace for burial. Asked if she reported the incident to the police before taking the girl for burial in the village, she retorted in pidgin English: “Police go wake am up?” (meaning will the police wake her up?).
One of the sympathizers who was also shedding tears profusely said the lady was always kind to her niece and wondered why the girl had to take her own life for whatever reason.