Following the death of Jessica Beer, a 19-year-old female student of Dyege Memorial College, Akpehe in Makurdi, Benue State, her School, and friends opened up more on the tragic incident.
It will be recalled that Beer reportedly committed suicide on Wednesday after her boyfriend, identified as Labi, allegedly impregnated another girl and subsequently dumped her.
Beer’s friend who spoke with a popular daily said that the student took her life because of her love for the boyfriend. According to her friend, she could not accept that she had been jilted. She added that when she got to Beer’s residence, she met the student 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,” she told the daily.
She was rushed to a private hospital in the area, where doctors reportedly certified her dead. The Chief Nurse at the hospital, Mrs. Atser Terkimbi, told the daily that when the victim was brought to the hospital, she was foaming at the mouth as a result of the substance she took, which later claimed her life.
Her classmate said: ”she intentionally kill herself 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, who described her death as barbaric and ungodly, noted that she always advised students to focus on their studies and devote their time to God rather than engaging in carnal issues.
”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 also described her ”as 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’’.
Confirming the reports to newsmen, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu said that investigation has commenced.
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