Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina has employed the services of snake charmers, following the death of a final year Economics student, Zainab Umar, last Monday after she was bitten by a snake three days earlier.
Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Suleiman Kankara, confirmed the hiring of the snake charmers to rid the campus of snakes and reptiles.
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 report of presence of snakes on the campus. It is unfortunate that the lady died. We know we tried our best to prevent her death.”
He said the family of the deceased did not allow her complete her medication.
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.”