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Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria – April 2022

People experience suicidal thoughts due to various reasons such as frustration, depression, failed relationship, mental health challenge, academic failure, among others. 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.

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. But 2020 witnessed a slight drop in suicide incidents in Nigeria as reported in the media. Also, the leading method of suicide shifted from use of sniper insecticide which came tops in 2019, to hanging which topped in 2020. We continue our record on suicide incidents in 2021.

Here’s a list of suicide incidents that occurred in April 2022, as reported in the media.

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CASE ONE

Story Title: Elderly man commits suicide in Kano

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Married

Date: Wednesday, April 6

Gender: Male

Age: In his 60s

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Kano

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A yet-to-be-identified man believed to be around 60 years old, has committed suicide at Gaida Yankusa in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano state.

According to residents of the area, they found the man hanging while on their way to the mosque to observe morning prayer on Wednesday, April 6.

Speaking to Daily Trust, a resident of Yankusa, Laminu Abubakar said they untied the man and had done everything possible to identify him but to no avail.

Source: Lindaikejiblog

CASE TWO

Story Title: Young man commits suicide in Ogun

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Single

Date: Tuesday, April 5 (Reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Ogun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A young man identified as Michael Oshonubi has allegedly committed suicide in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Details of the incident are still sketchy at the time of this report, however, a Facebook user on Tuesday April 5, said that the young man was found hanging in Ogbere community.

“So sad to announce the death of Oshonubi Michael popularly known as MILO who hung himself for reasons unknown at the time of filing this report at Ogbere, Ijebu East Local Government. May his soul rest in peace.” the post read.

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Source: Lindaikejiblog

CASE THREE

Story Title: Ponzi Scheme: Chinmark investor, Nuella commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Mrs. Nuella

Marital Status: Single

Date: Tuesday, April 5 (Reported)

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Chemical substance (suspected to be sniper)

Reason: Frustration due to failed investment

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Not given

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

The crashed Ponzi scheme, Chinmark Group has claimed its first victim.

DAILY POST had reported over the weekend that some investors in the failed scheme were already threatening suicide, especially with the whereabouts of the owner, Marksman Chinedu Ijeomah unknown.

It was reported days ago that one Mrs. Nuella, who invested millions of naira without her husband’s knowledge, was in the verge of committing suicide.

She was, however, later rescued and taken to the hospital, with Mr. Charles Awuzie, with a verified Facebook account posting her account details and soliciting assistance for her.

But DAILY POST learnt that the victim did not make it and has now departed mother earth.

Source: Daily Post

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Federal Poly Oko Student Commits Suicide Over Hardship In Anambra (Photo)

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Single

Date: Wednesday, April 27 (Reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Not given

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A student of the Federal Polytechnic Oko has reportedly taken his own life.

It was gathered that the young man who is ND 1 level student committed suicide in his room at Green Lodge.

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Source: Tori.ng

CASE FIVE

Story Title: 200-level Benue varsity student allegedly commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Joseph Sarwuan Tarkaa

Marital Status: Single

Date: Monday, April 25 (Reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 20

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration/Anger (His father refused to him N50k he requested for)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Benue

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 200 level student of the Joseph Sarwuan Tarkaa University, Makurdi, Benue State has allegedly committed suicide by hanging.

It was gathered that the 20-year-old student identified as Ogbonna Shedrach took his own life over family challenges.

The Public Relations Officer of the school’s students union, Comrade Zaki Christian, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, April 24

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

 

About Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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