A friend of Bashir Aliyu, a final year student of Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, who committed suicide on Monday after accusing his girlfriend of cheating on him on Valentine’s Day, has narrated how the love affair between the deceased and his school sweetheart ended in tragedy.

Earlier, the university spokesman, Abdullahi Bello, told PREMIUM TIMES that the incident took place on Monday.

He added that the Vice Chancellor, Abdulkareem Sabo, had ordered an investigation.

The university spokesman said Mr. Aliyu, a 400-level mathematics student, died after ingesting a toxic substance at his off-campus apartment in the Yalwawa neighborhood in Dutse.

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Mr. Bashir was pronounced dead at Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse, the spokesman added.

On Thursday, a friend of the deceased, Alkali Bafu, told PREMIUM TIMES that the late Bashir was inconsolable and depressed before his death on Monday.

He said the sad incident followed months of troubled relationship dominated by accusations and counter-accusations of cheating between the lovers.

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His friend described the late Bashir as one of the best students in his class. He said he was hardworking and usually organized tutorials with his classmates.

“Bashir was also very nice, jovial and friendly. I still can’t believe he’s dead,” Mr. Bafu said.

How the lovers met

Mr. Bafu said Bashir started dating Rufi’at Abdullateef in 2017 when the girl was an Interim Jamb Matriculation Board (IJMB) student in the university.