Monthly Media Report on Suicide Incidents In Nigeria (March 2020)

Nigeria witnessed an unprecedented spate of suicides in 2019, especially with media coverage of such incidents. Some schools of thought have argued that suicide incidents had existed in Nigeria possibly on a large scale but most of such incidents were never reported in the media. Well, 2019 saw a number of incidents reported in social and mainstream media.

The alarming rate of suicides that took place in Nigeria in 2019 remains as a puzzle to many people. It is now a fact that 2019 recorded the highest rate of suicide incidents among Nigerians in modern times with 70 reported cases in the media. Some analysts have argued that the media are majorly or partly responsible for suicide rates in most societies based on what is called ‘suicide contagion’ which is a form of copy cat suicide. This means that people are likely to commit suicide after exposure to suicidal behaviour especially through the mass media. Some other schools of thought say many other factors are responsible for suicide rates apart from media reports on the incident. Among such factors are frustration, failed relationships, poor academic performance, and depression. The sad news is that suicide incidents have continued to pop up in 2020 premised on almost the same reasons as the incidents in 2019. Here is a list of suicide incidents in Nigeria that took place in March, 2020 as reported by the media.

 

Suicide Incidents in March 2020

CASE ONE

Story Title: Anambra man abandoned by wife commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Samuel Nweke

Marital Status: Married

Date: March

Gender: Male

Age: 47

Method: Hanging

Reason: Relationship breakdown (wife left him after disagreement)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

A 47-year-old man, Samuel Nweke, committed suicide after his wife allegedly deserted him.

It was gathered that the victim’s wife left him on February 25, 2020, following a quarrel.

The victim left a suicide note, the content of which had not been made public by the police as of press time.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident to Southern City News on Thursday, saying it was reported at the Awada Police Station.

Mohammed stated, “There was a report at the Awada Police Station that the decomposing body of one Samuel Nweke, aged about 47, was discovered in his apartment at No. 5 Chief Nwankwo Street, Awada, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Source: Punch; Daily Post

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Ondo policeman kills wife, self over alleged infidelity

Victim’s Name: Tolulope

Marital Status: Married

Date: March 10

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Relationship breakdown (accused wife of infidelity)

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Police man

State Where incident Happened: Ondo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A policeman identified as Tolulope, who was attached to the Ondo State Police Command,  has allegedly shot his wife dead and later killed himself.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening, was said to have happened in Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South-West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

A police source said the cop was specifically attached to the Akungba Police Division and he was said to have committed the act after he returned from work.

Another source narrated that the deceased policeman and his wife had been having frequent quarrels over issues of infidelity. He said the late cop always accused his wife of receiving too many calls and messages from different men.

The source said, “The man (deceased) did not trust his wife as they always fought on the matter that his wife received calls from different men. This might be the reason he took the life of the woman and himself.

Source: Punch

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Anambra: 85-year-old woman jumps to her death from 3-storey building

Victim’s Name: Ilione Victoria

Marital Status: Married

Date: March 17

Gender: Female

Age: 85

Method: Jumped to her death

Reason: Mental Health challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

An 85-year-old woman, Ilione Victoria, allegedly jumped to her death from the balcony of an apartment on the 3rd floor in a four-storey building where she stayed with her daughter at No. 18 Ilodibe Street, Awada, in Anambra State.

It was gathered that the woman allegedly had mental health issues that made her daughter confine her in the house before the incident.

Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Haurna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said that before the arrival of the police to the scene, the elderly woman’s daughter reportedly took the corpse away to an unknown destination.

Source: The Sun

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Student Commits Suicide After Seeing Her JAMB Score, Leaves Sad Note

Victim’s Name: Zainab

Marital Status: Single

Date: March 17

Gender: Female

Age: Exact age not given (Teenager)

Method: Sniper

Reason: Academic challenge (failed JAMB)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Not given

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A teenage girl shocked her family members by taking her own life after seeing her JAMB score. The student identified as Zainab has reportedly taken her own life.

It was gathered that the girl took the drastic action after seeing her Joint Admission and Matriculation Board examination score which was released recently.

Source: Tori.ng

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Sexagenarian, 18-year-old rape victim commit suicide in Osun, Bayelsa

Victim’s Name:Amos Ojedapo

Marital Status: Not given

Date: March 18

Gender: Male

Age: 68

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 68-year-old man identified as Amos Ojedapo had committed suicide at his residence in Ile Atepatan compound, Ejigbo area of Osun State.

The deceased, it was gathered hanged himself with a rope on the burglary proof of his window in his room.

It was also gathered that the brother of the deceased had gone to the police station in Ejigbo to report the case yesterday. According to a source, the brother of the deceased, Afolabi Rafiu went to the police station at about 9:40 a.m. to report the case of his brother’s suicide.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Osun State, Johnson Kokumo, said the case is under investigation.

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Sexagenarian, 18-year-old rape victim commit suicide in Osun, Bayelsa

Victim’s Name:Not given

Marital Status: Not given

Date: March 18

Gender: Female

Age: 18

Method: Hanging

Reason: Depression due to gang rape

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Bayelsa

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

….Meanwhile, the police in Bayelsa State yesterday confirmed that an 18-year-old girl committed suicide after a gang rape by three unidentified men. Spokesman of the state police command, Alex Akhigbe, told newsmen in Yenagoa that the girl killed herself in Amarata, Yenagoa Local Government Area.

“I believe the deceased decided to hang herself due to the attending shame and stigmatisation she experienced after the rape incident,” Akhigbe said.

One of the family members, who pleaded for anonymity, said that the girl was reportedly gang-raped last week. “She was on an errand for her elder sister when she was allegedly raped at gun point by three boys who forced her into an uncompleted building.

“The girl was devastated after the incident. After some days she told her sister and the husband her experience; her sister’s husband who is a pastor asked her to describe any of her attackers. She described one of the boys, but the boy could not be found. The pastor promised to pursue the matter to the court.

…“She swallowed a poisonous substance known as Sniper and she was discovered while groaning in pain and rushed to the GloryLand Hospital. The victim was discovered through the note she dropped before taking the poisonous substance,” the source said.

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE SEVEN

Story Title: Anambra: Police Inspector commits suicide after killing ex-lover, husband for turning down marriage proposal

Victim’s Name: Kenneth Enamika

Marital Status: Single

Date: March 22

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Shooting

Reason: Failed relationship (turned down marriage proposal)

Type: Murder-suicide

Occupation: Police offcer

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Imo

Story Summary:

A police inspector, Kenneth Enamika attached to 29 PMF, Awka in Anambra State has allegedly killed his ex lover, Oluchi Aputanze from Ozoara, Mgbidi in Oru West council area of Imo State for allegedly deceiving him and marrying someone else, Cajethan Aputanze after his financial commitment to her.

According to the State police Public Relation Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, the incident which occurred on March,22 has thrown the whole community into a mourning mood.

The police inspector, according to the police image maker, was said to have left a suicide note and an AK 47 riffle on the scene, indicating that he shot and killed his ex lover Oluchi and subsequently killed his rival, Oluchi’s husband (Cajethan) before taking his own life.

According to a source from the community, Eze Ozoara who reported the incident to the police, the suicide note was also said to have contained how the late inspector had gave Oluchi the sum of N150, 000 on trust that she would marry him, only for him to discover later that she had already married Cajethan.

When the inspector discovered the betrayal, he was said to have confronted Oluchi to refund his money, but Oluchi’s husband, according to the police report, threatened the late police officer with a charm which eventually made him to take the law in his own hands by killing the couple and himself.

Source: The Sun

 

CASE EIGHT

Story Title: 40-year-old technician commits suicide over alleged erectile dysfunction in Delta

Victim’s Name: Victor Edem

Marital Status: Single

Date: March 23

Gender: Male

Age: 40

Method: Hanging

Reason: Erectile dysfunction

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Technician

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Cross River

Story Summary:

A 40-year-old electrician, Victor Edem, has committed suicide over alleged weak erectile challenges and his inability to impregnate women.

Mr Edem, a resident of Okpanam Community, near Asaba, Delta State, was found dead on Monday night inside his room where he had been living with his wife and son before they separated last year, as a result of the erectile challenges.

According to family sources, Mr Edem, who was a native of Calabar, Cross River State, had confided in one of his friends about the challenge, threatening to take his own life if he could not find a cure to the ailment.

It was also gathered that Mr Edem had been spending so much money on the ailment until he got frustrated along the line and decided to commit suicide.

Speaking to newsmen on condition of anonymity, one of the residents of the quarters where Mr Edem lived, said the deceased went through “pathetic and inhuman torture” in the hands of his ex-wife as a result of the sickness, before packing out of his house.

Source: Daily Nigerian

 

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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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