Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria – February 2021

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 February 2021, as reported in the media.

 

FEBRUARY

CASE ONE

Story Title: Riot policeman shoots self to death in Imo

Victim’s Name: Umoh

Marital Status: Not given

Date: February 10

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Shooting

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Policeman

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Tragedy occurred at Owerri Area Command headquarters located in the heart of Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday as a police inspector simply identified as Umoh shot himself to death.

A policeman at the Area command headquarters told our correspondent in confidence that the cop locked himself up in one of the rooms in the quarters before shooting and killing himself.

The development, our correspondent learnt, caused panic in the area.

According to the source, the inspector was a visiting cop who was at the area command on a special duty.

The source said though the mobile officer complained of being sick, nobody envisaged he was going to take his own life.

Source: The Punch

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Final year student commits suicide over ‘cheating girlfriend’

Victim’s Name: Abdullahi Bello

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 15

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed Relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Jigawa

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A final year student of the Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State has committed suicide after accusing his girlfriend of cheating on him on Valentine’s Day.

The university’s spokesperson, Abdullahi Bello, told PREMIUM TIMES the incident occurred on Monday. He added that the vice chancellor, Abdulkareem Sabo, has ordered an investigation.

He said the deceased, Abdullahi Bashir, a 400-level student of Mathematics, died after ingesting an insecticide, Sniper, at his off campus apartment at Yalwawa quarters in Dutse.

Mr Bashir was pronounced dead at Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse, the official added.

Source: Premium Times

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Final First-year FUTO student commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Daniel Uchenna Nwafor

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 23

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A first-year student of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Imo State has apparently killed himself.

The body of Daniel Uchenna Nwafor of the Department of Chemistry was found on Tuesday dangling on a rope in his lodge at Umuchima in the Ihiagwa area of Owerri, the state capital.

Sources said that the 18-year-old recently returned to the lodge with his mother, who stayed with him for some days before leaving.

Two days after her departure, Nwafor killed himself, it was said.

Nwafor was said to be unwell and in pain.

Source: The Nationonline

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Delta lovers found dead in residence, neighbours suspect suicide

Victim’s Name: Emmanuel Oshiotu

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 25

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Insecticide (sniper)

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 33-year-old man, Emmanuel Oshiotu, and his 25-year-old lover, Amaka Okafor, were on Thursday found dead in their one-room apartment in Uvwie community in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

The corpses of the lovers were sighted by neighbours in their apartment located at Ojigbo Crescent, Off Sapele-Effurun Road, Uvwie.

A neighbour of the deceased, who declined to be named, said, “Around 5am, we heard Emmanuel shouting for help and on breaking the door, found him vomiting white foam while his lover’s lifeless body lay a few distance from him.”

The cause of their death could not be ascertained by anyone as of the time of filing this report but witnesses said a can of insecticide and a knife were found besides their bodies.

The discovery made neighbours and the police suspect suicide.

Source: Punch

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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