Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria – June 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 June 2021, as reported in the media.

CASE ONE

Story Title: Soldier commits suicide after killing a customs officer in Seme

Victim’s Name: LCP MahmudSulaiman

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Wednesday, 2

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Soldier

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A soldier attached to 243 Recce Battalion Ibereko, Badagry, LCP Mahmud Sulaiman, turned the gun on himself after he shot dead a customs officer at Seme border on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the incident occurred when the team leader was trying to retrieve the gun from Sulaiman following his strange behaviour.

“In the process of retrieving the cocked weapon from him, which he resisted, he accidentally fired a shot and the stray bullet hit one Inspector of Custom, C.N Walter.

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: “I hate family”, man writes before allegedly committing suicide in Delta

Victim’s Name:BobbyEse

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Tuesday, June 22 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 23

Method: Jumped into River

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not Given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A young man simply identified as Bobby Ese, popularly known as Aladja Chief Priest, has reportedly committed suicide by jumping into Ugbokodo River in Warri South, Delta State.

SaharaReporters reports that sources close to the deceased shared what looked liked a suicide note on his Whatsapp status before he took his life.

“I will die today I hate family” he wrote on his Whatsapp status

When people went to his house, a rope was seen hanging from his ceiling fan as indicated on his status. It was gathered that he first attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself but later changed his mind and decided to jump into the river.

Source: Liindaikejiblog

https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2021/6/i-hate-family-man-writes-before-allegedly-committing-suicide-in-delta.html

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Man kills self after incest with daughter in Imo

Victim’s Name:BobbyEse

Marital Status: Married

Date: Friday, June 11 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not Given

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

An average man whose identity cannot be ascertained, a native of Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State has committed suicide by hanging himself after he was caught having canal knowledge of his daughter.

A source narrated to Tribune Online in Owerri that the man had been forcing her 17-year-old daughter to sleep with him for a very long time before the bubble burst on him.

According to the source, the villagers who had been suspicious of his incest with his daughter had earlier approached him but he denied it blatantly.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

CASE FOUR

Story Title: ABSU undergraduate jumps from three-storey building, dies

Victim’s Name: Francis Chibuike

Marital Status: Single

Date: Saturday, June 26

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Jumped from building

Reason: Hard drugs

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Abia

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 400-level optometry student of Abia State University, Uturu, has been confirmed dead after jumping down from a three-storey building.

He was reported to be on drugs when he jumped from his lodge called Favour Lodge located off the campus on Saturday evening.

Reports by students revealed that the deceased, identified as Francis Chibuike, in the video recorded after he took a hard drug known as Colorado, was unable to contain its effect.

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Kano youth sets self ablaze over inability to pay NECO fees

Victim’s Name: Danladi Shu’aib

Marital Status: Single

Date: Tuesday, June 29

Gender: Male

Age: 20

Method: Set self on fire

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Kano

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 20-year-old man in Kano State has set himself ablaze after all his efforts to raise the money to pay for his Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO), failed.

The incident happened last week Tuesday in Garo town of Kabo Local Government Area of the State.

According to reports, the youth, who was identified as Danladi Shu’aib, had written the exams three times but failed.

However, he could not raise money to register for the exam this year.

A resident, Ya’u Ahmad Garo, confirmed to Daily Trust that late Shu’aib had on various occasions threatened to commit suicide if he failed to write the exam.

Source: Daily Trust

 

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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