Following the death of a final year Economics student, Zainab Umar, authorities of the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina have employed the services of Snake Charmers to rid the institution of snakes and other dangerous reptiles.
The deceased dies three days after the snake bite which led the authorities to take the seemingly strange step.
Speaking of the reason for Snake Charmers, the Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Suleiman Kankara, said is a usual custom in the institution which has been helpful.
He said, “Yes, we have employed the services of snake charmers to assist us in ridding the campus of snakes. Although the snake charmers just began work, plans had been in the pipeline to hire them.”
“We normally hire the snake charmers whenever we get the report of the presence of snakes on the campus. It is unfortunate that the lady died. We know we tried our best to prevent her death.”
Kankara said that the deceased was taken away by her friends and brother against medical advice from the health centre. He added that the institution also pleaded with the mother of the deceased against the decision but it was not heeded too.
He added, “Zainab was bitten by a snake on Friday evening and she was promptly treated at our health centre. I spoke with her mother on phone on Saturday that she should be allowed to continue her treatment.”
“I later checked the clinic on Saturday evening only to learn that her friends and her brother had taken her away from the clinic against medical advice.”
“They did not sign any document to secure her release. We later learnt of her death on Monday morning. May her soul rest in peace.”
The deceased had since been buried in her hometown, Dandume, Katsina State.