A 20-year-old student in Kano State identified as Danladi Shu’aib has set himself ablaze over his inability to raise money to register for his Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO).
The incident was confirmed to have happened last Tuesday in Garo town of Kabo Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports, the student, who had previously written the exams three times but failed all attempts, tried to register again this year but could not raise the fee.
A resident of the area, Ya’u Ahmad, confirmed to newsmen that the deceased had on several occasions threatened to commit suicide if he failed to write the exam because he wanted to further his studies. Ya’u Ahmed reacted that nobody took the threats seriously.
The resident also confirmed that Shu’aib was later rushed to the hospital after the unfortunate incident but died two days later.
Another resident and neighbour of the deceased who pleaded anonymity said, “On that fateful day, Danladi, who used to go and work in a mechanic’s garage, after getting his pay for the day, used it to buy fuel, and later entered one room in their house, poured it on himself and set himself ablaze.”
“However, he later started crying for help, and people were able to put it off and take him to hospital. But, two days after (on Thursday), he died as a result of the burns he sustained from the fire,” the source added.
Reports said late Shu’aib was able to raise half of the amount but gave it away when he couldn’t complete it. It was also gathered that a notable politician who promised to pay the fee for Danladi and a few other students could not fulfil his promise, thereby dashing their hopes to the ground.
The spokesman for the Kano police command, Abdullahi Kiyawa did not react to the incident when contacted.