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Monthly Media Reports on Suicide Incidents in Nigeria – November 2023

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  including 2021and 2022. We continue our record on suicide incidents in 2023.

Here is a list of suicide incidents in Nigeria reported in November;

CASE ONE

Story Title: 39-year-old lady with protracted illness dies after drinking insecticide in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Lilian Nwarache

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Friday, November 3

Gender: Female

Age: 39

Method: Sniper

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the death of a 39-year-old woman, Lilian Nwarache, who took a bottle of insecticide as a result of an overwhelming prolonged illness in the Iwaya area of Lagos State.

Nwarache was reported to have been suffering from a protracted illness and had been seeking a cure in a church in Iwaya. However, she became frustrated with her condition and drank a full bottle of insecticide on November 3, 2023.

She was alleged to have attempted to jump into a canal after drinking the insecticide, but passers-by prevented her. She was then rushed to a hospital, where a doctor confirmed her death.

Source: Tribune Online

CASE TWO

Story Title: 38-year-old security guard commits suicide in Gombe

Victim’s Name: Abdullahi Ardo

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Monday, November 6

Gender: Male

Age: 38

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Security Guard

State Where incident Happened: Gombe

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 38-year-old security guard, Abdullahi Ardo, has committed suicide in Gombe State on Monday.

The spokesman for the Bauchi State Police Command, Mahid Abubakar, revealed this on his official X handle on Tuesday.

According to him, the deceased, who works at Child Care Development Primary School, used a rope to hang himself on the swing pole.

He urged residents to always check on their loved ones, saying they may be facing life-threatening problems.

Source: Daily Nigerian  

CASE THREE

Story Title: 38 Septuagenarian mother of nine commits suicide in Delta

Victim’s Name: Abdullahi Ardo

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Monday, November 6

Gender: Female

Age: 37+ (Septuagenarian)

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A septuagenarian and mother of nine children, described by neighbours as a devout Catholic faithful, has reportedly committed suicide by hanging in her residence at Enamejewa Street, off Warri/Sapele Road, Warri, in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The gory incident which was said to have occurred in the early hours of Monday, November 6, has since thrown the entire residents of the neighbourhood into mourning.

Witnesses said the woman, whose name could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, hanged herself with her wrapper in a public toilet of the compound where she lived.

Source: PUNCH

About Chinenye Nwabueze

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