Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria – January 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.

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 January 2021, as reported in the media.

CASE ONE

Story Title: Shoprite staff allegedly commits suicide after suspension

Victim’s Name: Jumoke Kehinde

Marital Status: Single

Date: January 4 (reported)

Gender: Female

Age: Not give

Method: Drank poisonous substance (sniper)

Reason: Suspended from work

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Shoprite staff

State Where incident Happened: Ondo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A staff of Shoprite in Akure, Ondo State identified as Jumoke Kehinde has reportedly committed suicide after being suspended from work.

Kehinde was said to have been found dead on New Year’s eve at her apartment in the Kajola area along Oda-road, Akure.

A staff of Shoprite who pleaded anonymity said late Kehinde reported late for work and was ordered suspended.

According to the staff, “It is normal that anyone who comes late should wait outside before they are allowed in and be given a suspension.

“She was seen arranging her table getting ready for the day’s sales as she looked happy but later left the mall at about 11 am after receiving the suspension letter.

“At about 4 pm, a distress call was received in the office that she was not feeling fine. One of the management staff went to check on her. Kehinde was found on the floor of her room shaking while her body was oozing with odour of the poison she took. Although, no empty can was found anywhere as she was rushed to the hospital.

Source: The NationOnlineNg

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Nigerian man who battled depression for 7 years ‘commits suicide’

Victim’s Name: Dele Bandele

Marital Status: Single

Date: January 13 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not give

Method: Not given

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Advertising Agent

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Three persons have been reported dead after a 65 years old hunter, Uchechukwu Nweke allegedly killed his wife, son and shot himself at Amunike community in Awka North council area of Anambra State.

It was gathered Nweke allegedly shot his wife, Patricia Nweke (55), and his son named Obinna Nweke (29) with a single barrel gun and also burnt his house.

He was said to have equally shot himself using the same gun in circumstances yet to be ascertained.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, CSP Haruna Mohammed, said the command received the report from the vigilante chairman, Amunike community on 28/1/2021.

Source: The CableNG

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Tricycle rider commits suicide on Lagos football pitch

Victim’s Name: Suleman Adekola

Marital Status: Married

Date: January 18

Gender: Male

Age: 45

Method: Insecticide (Sniper)

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Tricycle rider

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A widow, Nike Adekola, is yet to recover from the shock of losing her husband, Suleman, who reportedly committed suicide by drinking a local insecticide in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Suleman, a tricycle operator, rode his tricycle to a football pitch on Abaranje Road in Ikotun, where he allegedly consumed the substance.

A few minutes after drinking the chemical, the 45-year-old was said to have died in his tricycle.

Passersby, including residents, were said to have raised the alarm after seeing Suleman motionless in his vehicle.

Source: The Punch

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Man kills self, wife, son as he sets house ablaze in Anambra

Victim’s Name: Uchechukwu Nweke

Marital Status: Married

Date: January 28

Gender: Male

Age: 65

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Hunter

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

Three persons have been reported dead after a 65 years old hunter, Uchechukwu Nweke allegedly killed his wife, son and shot himself at Amunike community in Awka North council area of Anambra State.

It was gathered Nweke allegedly shot his wife, Patricia Nweke (55), and his son named Obinna Nweke (29) with a single barrel gun and also burnt his house.

He was said to have equally shot himself using the same gun in circumstances yet to be ascertained.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, CSP Haruna Mohammed, said the command received the report from the vigilante chairman, Amunike community on 28/1/2021.

Source: The Guardian

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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