Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria, April 2021

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one’s life. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. It is difficult to anticipate suicide in most instances and this makes it a terribly dangerous menace in any society. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives remains a serious puzzle though depression is at the center of the probable cause, according to scholars and counselors. The fact is that a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option. Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. A suicidal person is often blinded by feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, hopelessness, and isolation. The person hardly sees any way of finding relief except through death.

We continue our documentation of media reports on suicide incidents in Nigeria. The suicide reports considered are credible stories from mainstream media or some highly rated social media platforms and forums. Here is a list of suicide incidents in Nigeria that took place in April, 2021 as reported by the media.

CASE ONE

Story Title: Soldier Commits Suicide in Borno

Victim’s Name: Kila Jima

Marital Status: Not Given

Date: Saturday 10

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Soldier

State Where incident Happened: Borno

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

An army corporal serving in Borno State has allegedly committed suicide after shooting himself in the head.

The deceased must have ended his life as a result of depression, one of his colleague serving with 212 Battalion, Maiduguri, has said.

The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday when the soldier was found lying next to his gun with a severe bullet wound in the head.

“Cpl Kila Jima from 152 Battalion, Banki on 10-4-2021 just carried his personal rifle and shot himself dead,” his colleague said in a text message.

The soldier was said to have shown some sign of depression before he eventually took his life.

Source: Daily Trust

 

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: 200 level OAU student commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Emmanuel Adedeji

Marital Status: Single

Date: Tuesday 20 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A part two student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in the department of Management and Accounting, Emmanuel Adedeji, had reportedly committed suicide.

Emmanuel, it was said, left a suicide note after he took a poisonous substance which led to his death.

It was not immediately clear why Emmanuel took the decision, as some sources close to him gave different reasons.

A classmate of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said Emmanuel suffered depression after a failed business deal.

But another source that commented on the matter said the deceased did not look like he was depressed when he was seen near the Conference Centre of the university on Monday.

Source: Punch

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Lady allegedly poisons self, ex boyfriend a week to his wedding

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Single

Date: Saturday 3

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Poison

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 34-year-old groom has been poisoned by his ex-girlfriend just a week to his wedding ceremony in Owerri, Imo State.

The groom, identified as Akuma Felix Emeka, was allegedly poisoned by his ex-girlfriend, who also poisoned herself, according to a report by IgbereTV.

It’s unclear what transpired between the former lovers, but sources revealed that on Saturday, April 3, 2021, the ex-girlfriend had invited Felix for a drink, unknown to him, she had poisoned the drink.

They were later found dead in his car with what was left of the drink. Felix, a graduate of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, was scheduled to get married on Sunday, April 11.

Source: Sahara reporters

 

 

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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