Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria, July 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 that took place in July, 2021 as reported by the media.

 

CASE ONE

Story Title: Man allegedly commits suicide in Katsina

Victim’s Name: Ibrahim Lawal

Marital Status: Married

Date: Sunday, July 4

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Local Government Staff

State Where incident Happened: Katsina

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A middle-aged man identified as Ibrahim Lawal aka Kawu has committed suicide by hanging in Daura town, Katsina State.

It was gathered that the deceased, who worked at the Sandamu Local Government Council, was found hanging from a tree on Sunday, July 4.

A resident, Usamatu Lawal, said that Lawal was in the habit of complaining to friends and families that he was finding it hard to feed his family due to high cost of living.

A trader, Alh. Saminau Daura, claimed he saw the deceased on Sunday morning before his death.

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Investor Commits Suicide as 2000 Nigerians Fall Victim to Suspected Ponzi Scheme

Victim’s Name:Stephen

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Wednesday, July 28

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Not given

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Stephen, an investor (surname witheld) recently committed suicide after falling victim to an alleged ponzi scheme where he invested resources he borrowed from the bank.

The deceased was one of over 2,000 persons who fell victim to the scheme run by one Anyannso Mma of Themap.ng.

Another victim, Enokela Monday, a 100-level student of Air Force Institution of Technology , Kaduna, disclosed that he also attempted suicide.

He reportedly invested N1.5 million, an amount meant to pay his school fees, rent given to him by his brother, as well as a loan he collected from his friend, into the company.

Source: ThisDayLive

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Church usher commits suicide after being accused of defiling his neighbour’s minor daughter in Delta

Victim’s Name: Jagbefume Oriagioge

Marital Status: Married

Date: Saturday, 17

Gender: Male

Age: 45

Method: Hanging

Reason: Shame/frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 45-year-old man has committed suicide after being accused of defiling a minor in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The deceased, identified as Jagbefume Oriagioge, allegedly hanged himself in his room at Iregwa Street, Agbor on Saturday, July 17.

Oriagioge, popularly called Pastor, hailed from an Esan community in Edo State and was a dedicated usher at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Agbor, also known as Freedom Hall parish.

It was gathered that the deceased might have taken his own life after being accused of defiling one of his neighbours’ daughters.

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

 

 

 

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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