A 23-years-old Nigerian Law student, Damilola Grace Olakanmi, has died after consuming a cannabis laced sweet (gummies) in the United Kingdom. ayokinews.com reports
Damilola, was said to be the only child of a single mother from Ilford, East London.
According to reports, the deceased ordered the cannabis laced “gummies” (sweets) via a messaging app and were delivered to her house on March 29th.
Upon consumption, Damilola fell ill and was transported to Queens Hospital in critical condition around 11.30 p.m.
Her 21-year-old friend, a student from the United States who visited the UK, was also treated by medics but was later cleared.
Damilola, a student at Hertfordshire University, died on April 2, leaving her mother bereft.
Her mother, Wunmi, whom many know to be a devoted Christian, stood at her daughter’s bedside till she passed away on Saturday night.
“Wumi has lost her only child – she has nothing now”, Wumi’s friend Richard Taylor, 75, told the Evening Standard.
“They had to hold her up because she broke down every time a friend came to the house to give support.
“It’s a tragic warning to all young people about how they live their lives. They should resist drugs.
“Damilola was a promising young woman who should be looking forward to her future and having children of her own. She was studying law.”
A relative of the deceased, identified as Dunni, stated that the family were demanding answers regarding the death of their lovely daughter.
“Damilola was a sweet, quiet girl – a bit of an introvert. Her mother looked up to her.
“She was very kind and loved looking after children and wanted to please everyone. The family will never come to terms with this. We need to know what happened. Her mother is not young any more.
“We don’t want Damilola’s memory to be just like that. You want her to be remembered as the girl who asked everyone, ‘Are you okay and do you want anything?’.”
According to a report on DailyMail, a 37-years-old man, identified as Leon Brown, was arrested on Friday in connection with the crime.
He was charged with having intent to supply a psychoactive substance, having purpose to supply a Class B synthetic cannabis and being engaged in the distribution of a synthetic cannabinoid.
He was arrested with a large sum of money and what seemed to be edible cannabis products, according to the Met.
Chief Superintendent, Stuart Bell, of the Met’s East Area Basic Command Unit, said: “I must warn the public against taking any illegal substances, including those packaged in the form of cannabis sweets.
“Please do not buy or consume these products. They are illegal and, because of the child-friendly packaging, they can pose a risk of accidental consumption.
“The particular batch of sweets were contained in packaging featuring Trrlli Peachie O’s branding.
“It has not been confirmed at this stage where the sweets were manufactured. Drug dealers harm communities and risk the safety of individuals.
“We will take positive action to target those engaged in this activity as well as those found in possession of these substances.”