A member of the Osun State National Youth Service Corps scheme, Ayomikun Ademorayo, died on Sunday after she washed her hair with an insecticide, Sniper, supposedly to kill lice.
Some of the deceased’s peers informed our correspondent that while preparing a fresh hairdo for her birthday on July 18, Ayomikun, an orphan, found lice in her hair.
They added that on Sunday afternoon, Ayomikun, a prominent member of the NYSC volleyball team, applied the insecticide to her hair and became unconscious a few minutes later.
The deceased, who was studied Human Kinetics at Tai Solarin Education University, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, lost her mother this year in June, while her dad died a few years ago.
She was said to be the breadwinner of the family and had younger siblings in secondary schools.
An eyewitness, living with the deceased in the same compound, informed reporters that soon after applying the substance to her hair, Ayomikun became unconscious and was rushed to a private hospital in Osogbo.
She, however, reportedly died on the way to the hospital.
The source said, “Ayomikun looses her hair to make her birthday’s style, which is 10 days away. She prepared for the 18th of July. For the purpose, she had purchased a new cloth and bag. She found that her hair had been invested by lice.
“So, she just applied Sniper to her hair on Sunday afternoon to remove the lice. Ayomikun lost consciousness shortly after she did that and was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Osogbo. But she died before she was able to reach the hospital.
Reacting to the incident, Funmilayo Okundaye, the state NYSC Public Relations Officer, said she had yet to get the information, but confirmed the body member’s death.
Sources reported that when NYSC officials in Osun State contacted the next of the deceased’s kin, they were told to arrange the burial in Osogbo whereas her relations live in Lagos.
Speaking at a brief funeral service for the deceased at the Christian Associationof Nigeria Cemetery, Ede, on Monday, the NYSC Osun State Coordinator, Ayodele Adegoke, represented by an official, described the deceased as cool-headed and had contributed to the development of her friends and society without recourse to race and tribe.