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

CASE ONE

Story Title: Death row inmate commits suicide at Kuje prison

Victim’s Name: Obinna Echianu

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Friday 1,

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Businesss man

State Where incident Happened: Abuja

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A death row inmate, Obinna Echianu, has committed suicide inside the Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja.

Echianu, who was convicted for the murder of an Uber driver, Inalegwu Ali in Abuja, last year, reportedly hanged himself with his clothes in the prison toilet midnight Saturday.

His body was found early in the morning by other inmates who wanted to use the toilet.

The corpse was subsequently removed and taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital mortuary while an investigation was launched into the incident.

PUNCH

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Female Teacher Owed Salaries by Kogi Government Commits Suicide Over Failure to Feed Her Children

Victim’s Name: Yusuf Bosede Khadija

Marital Status: Married

Date: Tuesday 5 (reported),

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Jumping inside well

Reason: Frustration/Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher

State Where incident Happened: Kogi

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A woman identified as Yusuf Bosede Khadija has reportedly committed suicide at Okuhapa in Obangede, in the Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State over her inability to cater for her children.

Khadija, who was a secondary school teacher, reportedly took her life after getting depressed about her financial situation and lack of money caused by the failure of the state government to pay her salaries.

She allegedly committed suicide by jumping inside a well.

A Facebook user identified as Citizen Nagaziman disclosed this on his page on October 5, 2021.

The date coincided with this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebrated globally to honour teachers.

Sahara Reporters

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Student allegedly commits suicide after her boyfriend left her

Victim’s Name: Olivia James

Marital Status: Single

Date: Monday 11 (reported),

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Ebonyi

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

An undergraduate student of Library and Information Science (LIS) Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi State, has reportedly committed suicide over heartbreak.

Olivia James, who combines her cake and small chops business with schooling, is said to have consumed sniper because her boyfriend left her days after she celebrated her birthday.

She was rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival, according to reports shared online by her fellow students.

Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Student allegedly commits suicide after her boyfriend left her

Victim’s Name: Olivia James

Marital Status: Single

Date: Monday 11 (reported),

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Ebonyi

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

An undergraduate student of Library and Information Science (LIS) Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi State, has reportedly committed suicide over heartbreak.

Olivia James, who combines her cake and small chops business with schooling, is said to have consumed sniper because her boyfriend left her days after she celebrated her birthday.

She was rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival, according to reports shared online by her fellow students.

Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Man, 38-years-old commits suicide in Ibadan

Victim’s Name: Murtala Adelakun

Marital Status: Married

Date: Tuesday 12

Gender: Male

Age: 38

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Commercial Motorcyclist

State Where incident Happened: Oyo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 38-year old man, identified as Murtala Adelakun has committed suicide in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

It was learnt that the deceased was found dead at his residence around Arekemase area In Ibadan, on Tuesday.

It was also gathered that Adelakun who is a motorcyclist hanged himself in his room.

Sources revealed that the deceased used to be a barber but complained of low patronage before venturing into commercial motorcycling.

Sources revealed that the deceased used to be a barber but complained of low patronage before venturing into commercial motorcycling.

It was also revealed that the deceased who had two wives had earlier suffered depression.

Vanguard

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: 100 Level Anambra University Student Commits Suicide Over Stress

Victim’s Name: Kenneth

Marital Status: Single

Date: Wednesday 14

Gender: Male

Age: Not Given

Method: Set self ablaze

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 100 level Physiology student of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Uli, Anambra State, simply identified as Kenneth committed suicide at the Kosi lodge today, October 13.

According to reports, the deceased reportedly set himself ablaze at the back of the hostel building before he was found by his lodge mates.

It was also gathered that prior to the incident, the deceased had allegedly told his cousin that he wanted to give up the ghost the previous day due to stress.

Niyiabita.net

 

CASE SEVEN

Story Title: Economic Hardship: Man Commits Suicide in Kwara

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Married

Date: Wednesday 13

Gender: Male

Age: Not Given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration/Economic Hardship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Kwara

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A middle-aged man yesterday reportedly committed suicide in Ansar Ul Slam area along Oloje-Ogidi Road in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

The man, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, was said to have committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree in the vicinity of his residence.

He was said to have done this by climbing on a drum to be able to tie himself to the tree while he remained suspended on the tree after he kicked away the drum with his legs.

Why he decided to take his own live has not been known as he was reported to look hale and hearty the last time he was seen by his neighbours before he committed the suicide.

There were, however, speculations that he might have committed suicide because of the prevailing economic hardship.

ThisDay Live

 

CASE EIGHT

Story Title: Man Commits Suicide in Kwara Over Inability to Sleep with Women

Victim’s Name: Idris Shuaib

Marital Status: Single

Date: Thursday 28

Gender: Male

Age: 22

Method: Hanging

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Kwara

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

The entire Ankara Wooro Compound, in Gwanara, Baruten local government area of Kwara State has been   thrown into mourning since Thursday over the suicide  of a 22- year- old Idris Shuaib who lived in the village.

Saturday Vanguard   reliably   gathered   that the body of   Idris, an NCE graduate was found dangling on a cashew tree in his father’s farm   after a bottled up depression following his inability to sleep with ladies.

A Neighbour,young woman who craved anonymity told Saturday Vanguard that Idris once had a girlfriend some years back when he was in school.

Vanguard

 

CASE NINE

Story Title: Man Commits Suicide in Akwa Ibom After His Wife Dumps Him

Victim’s Name: Ukeme Robert

Marital Status: Married

Date: Tuesday 19 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Not given

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Akwa Ibom

Victim’s State of Origin: Akwa Ibom

Story Summary:

A man has taken his life after being dumped by his wife.

Mr Ukeme Robert an indigene of Ibiaku Ikot Oku in Ibiono Ibom local government area, Mr Ukeme committed suicide at his home.

PM Express reported that the late Ukeme was said to have committed suicide inside his home when the door was forced open and his lifeless body was found. The decision to take his life was sketchy as he left no notes but his last interactions with people around him showed he was going through difficult times financially including the trauma of being abandoned by his wife.

According to their neighbours, the late Mr. Ukeme Robert known on Facebook as Bebeto Roberto, was visibly distressed in recent times and was unable to offset pressing financial commitments. While he was battling with financial challenges, his wife was said to have abandoned him and his situation worsened.

Tori.ng

 

CASE TEN

Story Title: Ex-Ijaw militant kills self, leaves behind 36 children

Victim’s Name: Friday Igbegbe

Marital Status: Married

Date: Friday 22

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Not given

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta State

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A former dogged militant, Friday Igbegbe, has allegedly commited suicide at Ogbe-Ijoh, headquarters of Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Ijaw ex-militant from Ogbe-Ijoh reportedly took his own life through a yet-to-be-ascertained means on Saturday night after a long battle with depression.

Igbegbe, said to be a title holder, reportedly left behind about 36 children and many ‘wives’ many of whom were allegedly not with him during his travails.

Tribune Online

About Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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