student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, who died in a
controversial circumstance last Thursday, have called on the Osun State
Police Command to investigate the death of their daughter.
on Thursday, rejected reports that Mercy committed suicide, saying she
had told them that she would return home on the day she was alleged to
have taken poison.
Mercy killed herself after allegedly getting a poor grade in a
compulsory 100-level first semester course.
Ekiti State indigene took rat killer mixed with a black substance after
getting an E in CHM 101 and was rushed to a private hospital where she
post by her brother, Timothy, who raised doubts over the claim, saying
she was a devout Christian who would not contemplate suicide.
that Mercy was a worker at the OAU Deeper Life Campus Fellowship, the
campus arm of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, where her parents were
said Mercy called her on Tuesday to announce that she would be coming
home for a seminar in Ado Ekiti.
said she was coming home to deliver a paper at a seminar for some
teachers. She said the group would foot the bills for her transport and
call her telephone line to know if she was on the way. When I called,
her roommate picked the call. She said my daughter was sleeping and I
asked if she was not coming home again. She said she was not coming home
because she was ill. She said my daughter was sleeping and she had also
shut the door on herself.
the same girl that picked. She said Mercy was still asleep and her door
was locked. I told her to go and knock the door and tell her that her
mother wanted to speak to her. She said my daughter replied that she
would speak with me later.
said it appeared like my daughter had taken rat poison because she was
vomiting. I asked how she knew since she was not with her. She said the
smell of the poison had got to where she was. I was alarmed and asked
her to get people to force open the door. She said she had done that and
the door had been opened.”
demanded N20,000 which was requested for Mercy’s admission to a private
hospital where she was rushed to, adding that the phone later went off.
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital where she was rejected, as
the doctors said it was too late.
return to life. I clutched to her. The hospital workers said I should go
to the mortuary to continue my prayers and I did. Later, some church
members asked me to let go of the body after they also offered some
became born again at a tender age. How can she kill herself? She died
atop the note she made for the lecture she was to deliver in Ado Ekiti.
People thought it was a suicide note and they gave it to the police as
evidence of her suicide. But when we got to the station and the
Divisional Police Officer opened it, we all saw that it was the note she
made for the lecture. They did not allow my daughter to fulfil her
mission in life. They cut short her life.
murdered. She made soap on Monday, which is still in her room. She was
going to sell the soap. If she wanted to die, she could have used the
soap chemicals,” she added.
his daughter was taught as a Christian to know that suicide would take
her to hell fire.
kills himself or herself is going to hell fire. When I got to her
school, the testimonies I heard from brethren confirmed what I have
always known. Even though she was staying outside campus, she never
allowed anything to distract her from the things of God. Before the
incident, she met the president of her fellowship for counselling on her
spiritual life. So, how could such a thing happen and the next thing is
for her to kill herself? All the circumstances around this case show
there was no way she would kill herself. A girl that was coming home and
then she suddenly killed herself. How?”
the police were unenthusiastic about the case because they had
concluded that his sister committed suicide.