Two female students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Saturday, attacked each other with Sniper, an insecticide, during a disagreement.
The students, who are in their first year at the university, were said to have been engaged in an argument before attacking themselves with the insecticide, causing commotion at their Mozambique Hall of residence.
According to PUNCH, the incident started when one of the two students accused the other of infesting the room with bed bugs.
“While one of the students poured the Sniper on her colleague’s face, the other targeted her opponent’s mouth,” a witness was quoted to have said.
“We initially thought they were joking. All of a sudden, one of them poured Sniper on the other.
“We all shouted that it was unfair to do that but she said she was trying to kill bedbugs. The other one didn’t take it lightly; she started shouting and attempted to retaliate but we blocked her. We later reported the case to the hall warden and the case was resolved.
“When we got to the hostel, she started feeling pains and she suddenly took the Sniper and poured it on her opponent’s body too. One of us rushed to the school porter and she made calls. The two of them were then taken to the health centre.”
Abiodun Olanrewaju, OAU public relations officer, confirmed the incident and said there was no casualty.
He said the students have been treated at the institution’s health centre and the matter resolved.
“One of them wanted to use it (Sniper), the other disagreed. That was the genesis of the matter, ” he said.
“It was a minor disagreement involving two students over the use of Sniper. It has been resolved. The two students were treated at our health centre here.
“Right now, I’m in Mozambique Hall. The matter has been resolved. No casualty at all.”
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had banned the sale of Sniper in open shops and supermarkets.
A number of Nigerians had called for the ban of the product following its rampant use in cases of suicide.
According to NAFDAC, the ban takes effect from September 1.
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