There was total sadness at Dyege Memorial College when news of Jessica Beer, a 19-year-old female student of , Akpehe, Makurdi, Benue State, on Wednesday committed suicide after her boyfriend, identified simply as Labi, impregnated another girl and subsequently dumped her.
A close friend of the victim, who did not want her name mentioned, told our correspondent that Beer killed herself because she loved Labi and could not accept that she had been jilted.
The friend further said her late friend believed that after impregnating another girl, her future plans with Labi was in jeopardy.
The source said when she went to Beer’s residence, she met the victim on the floor, vomiting blood.
She said, “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.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim was rushed to a private hospital, Yiman Hospital, in the area, where doctors certified her dead.
The Chief Nurse at the hospital, Mrs. Atser Terkimbi, told correspondent 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.
When Punch correspondent visited the victim’s school, many of her classmates were seen crying, while some teachers in the school discussed the incident.
One of the victim’s classmates told correspondent in tears that she was shocked that Beer would “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.”