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Suicide Year Report In Nigeria: Full List of Victims’ Names, Occupation, Date of Incident, Media that Reported the Incident

Suicide incidents exist in every society due diverse reasons among which are frustration, depression, failed relationship, mental health challenge, academic failure, among others. What every society strives to do is to reduce the number of suicide incidents prevalent in that society but doing this requires understanding what leads to suicidal thoughts or being able to anticipate it before it happens. However, 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.

Massmediang has been working on a five-year study of media reports on suicide incidents in Nigeria. This basically involves content analysis of diverse media platforms, mainstream and social media, to take a record of reported suicide incidents in the country with a monthly update on these observations published on massmediang, and a yearly summary of trends in suicide incidents in the country which comes at the end of each year’s observation.

The 2021 summary showed some interesting facts about the trend of suicide incidents in the year being reviewed. Here is a list of suicide incidents which took place in 2021 from January to December (with the exception of May). This is a ‘raw’ file showing the facts as they were picked from the media, with dates, victim’s names, sources of the stories and a few paragraphs of the stories, as they were published monthly. The analysis of the incidents have been packaged in other posts. There could possibly be a few omissions or uncaptured incidents but what is provided here are suicide incidents as reported in the media and which are crosschecked among different media to confirm veracity of incident. A total of 41 suicide incidents were reported in the media in 2021 with October recording the highest with nine incidents. The list is presented below;

 

JANUARY 

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 (frustration)

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

 

FEBRUARY

CASE ONE

Story Title: Riot policeman shoots self to death in Imo

Victim’s Name: Umoh

Marital Status: Not given

Date: February 10

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Shooting

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Policeman

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Tragedy occurred at Owerri Area Command headquarters located in the heart of Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday as a police inspector simply identified as Umoh shot himself to death.

A policeman at the Area command headquarters told our correspondent in confidence that the cop locked himself up in one of the rooms in the quarters before shooting and killing himself.

The development, our correspondent learnt, caused panic in the area.

According to the source, the inspector was a visiting cop who was at the area command on a special duty.

The source said though the mobile officer complained of being sick, nobody envisaged he was going to take his own life.

Source: The Punch

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Final year student commits suicide over ‘cheating girlfriend’

Victim’s Name: Abdullahi Bello

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 15

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed Relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Jigawa

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A final year student of the Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State has committed suicide after accusing his girlfriend of cheating on him on Valentine’s Day.

The university’s spokesperson, Abdullahi Bello, told PREMIUM TIMES the incident occurred on Monday. He added that the vice chancellor, Abdulkareem Sabo, has ordered an investigation.

He said the deceased, Abdullahi Bashir, a 400-level student of Mathematics, died after ingesting an insecticide, Sniper, at his off campus apartment at Yalwawa quarters in Dutse.

Mr Bashir was pronounced dead at Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse, the official added.

Source: Premium Times

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: First-year FUTO student commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Daniel Uchenna Nwafor

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 23

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A first-year student of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Imo State has apparently killed himself.

The body of Daniel Uchenna Nwafor of the Department of Chemistry was found on Tuesday dangling on a rope in his lodge at Umuchima in the Ihiagwa area of Owerri, the state capital.

Sources said that the 18-year-old recently returned to the lodge with his mother, who stayed with him for some days before leaving.

Two days after her departure, Nwafor killed himself, it was said.

Nwafor was said to be unwell and in pain.

Source: The Nationonline

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Delta lovers found dead in residence, neighbours suspect suicide

Victim’s Name: Emmanuel Oshiotu

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 25

Gender: Male

Age: Adult

Method: Insecticide (sniper)

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 33-year-old man, Emmanuel Oshiotu, and his 25-year-old lover, Amaka Okafor, were on Thursday found dead in their one-room apartment in Uvwie community in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

The corpses of the lovers were sighted by neighbours in their apartment located at Ojigbo Crescent, Off Sapele-Effurun Road, Uvwie.

A neighbour of the deceased, who declined to be named, said, “Around 5am, we heard Emmanuel shouting for help and on breaking the door, found him vomiting white foam while his lover’s lifeless body lay a few distance from him.”

The cause of their death could not be ascertained by anyone as of the time of filing this report but witnesses said a can of insecticide and a knife were found besides their bodies.

The discovery made neighbours and the police suspect suicide.

Source: Punch

 

MARCH

CASE ONE

Story Title: 300 Level UNN Student Commits Suicide After His Phone Was Seized In Exam Hall

Victim’s Name: Mba Daniel

Marital Status: Single

Date: Friday 12

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Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Enugu

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 300 level Biochemistry student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Mba Daniel, was on Saturday, confirmed dead after committing suicide, VANTAGE NEWS reports.

Our correspondent gathered that the student apparently made different attempts to take his own life between Wednesday and Friday before he eventually succeeded in hanging himself.

VANTAGE NEWS learnt that his phone was seized by a lecturer on examination supervision duty after he was caught cheating with it while writing BCH 353 exam on Wednesday, 10th March….

Daniel eventually hung himself at the balcony in the second floor of the three storey building where he fell from the rope and landed on the floor, suffering a broken leg.

He was rushed by neighbours to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead in the early hours of Saturday.

Confirming the incident, the President of the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry Students, UNN chapter, Silas Ijaja, said, “the information reaching me through the closest person is that the guy attempted to kill himself with corrosive chemical, relaxer and strong ethanol he mixed and drank but it did not work. He then used rope to hang himself from the balcony of his room where he fell from and fractured his leg. He was rushed to the hospital and confirmed dead on Saturday.

Source: Vantage News

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Borno man Babagana Usman commits suicide in Kano, leaves a note

Victim’s Name: Babagan Usman

Marital Status: Single

Date: Saturday 20 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 42

Method: Hanging

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Kano

Victim’s State of Origin: Borno

Story Summary:

A 42 year-old man in Kano state identified as Babagana Usman has committed suicide by hanging himself.

Usman who lived in Tsamiya in Gezawa LGA, hanged himself in his room.

He however left a note confirming he killed himself and that the act was an act of God.

The letter said, “His death was from God, so no one else did it to him.”

Usman hailed from Borno State but was married in Babba.

DSP Abdullahi Kiyawa, Kano State Police Command spokesperson, confirmed the suicide.

He said the police were investigating, reported BBC Hausa Service.

DSP Kiyawa said the police were worried that suicide was on the increase in Kano.

Source: PM News

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Lady Commits Suicide After Her Mum Accused Her of Taking Her Money

Victim’s Name: Not Given

Marital Status: Single

Date: 15 (reported)

Gender: Female

Age: Not Given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Not Given

Victim’s State of Origin: Not Given

Story Summary:

On the 15th of March 2021, I found out about the most disturbing news; a close friend of mine took her life. It was the unbelievable because she was literally fine the night before, posting about the Grammys only to find out she was dead some hours later.

She killed herself. This is the most vibrant person I’ve ever known. What happened?
Almost no one could answer the question at the time and most of us just seemed to assume it was depression and she was just masking it with a smile. I have known her for a long time and even with personal issues, it never got so bad that she’d actually take her own life.

Source: Nairaland

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Taraba man allegedly catches fiancee with ex-boyfriend, commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Jivini Jonnan

Marital Status: Single

Date:  Thursday 1 (reported but happened on or before 31st of March)

Gender: Male

Age: 31

Method: Insecticide (sniper)

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Taraba

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 31-year old man, Jivini Jonnan, has allegedly committed suicide after drinking an insecticide in the Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Jonnan was said to have taken his life after discovering that his fiancée had jilted him and returned to her former boyfriend.

A family source told our correspondent that the deceased was heartbroken after he caught his fiancée in a room with her ex-boyfriend and telling him that she was no longer interested in their relationship despite the fact that they had completed the traditional marriage rites.

The source stated, “They had gone through the traditional marriage rites and she seemed to love him because they had been in the relationship for over three years.

Source: Punch

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: OAU worker sends suicide text to family, hangs self after work

Victim’s Name: Fisayo Oyeniyi

Marital Status: Married

Date:  Thursday 25

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Staff of OAU

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A male employee of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Fisayo Oyeniyi, has committed suicide inside his apartment. It was gathered that Oyeniyi hung himself after sending a suicide note to his family.

The note the varsity worker left for his aged mother, wife and children read: “I am not interested in living again.”

It was learnt that Oyeniyi, who was one of the armed guards in the security department left his office for home at Kanmi bus stop, Ifewara road, Ile-Ife, to commit suicide.

A source in the area told The Guardian that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon. “I saw people rushing to his (deceased) apartment to see for themselves what Mr. Oyeniyi did to himself.

Source: Guardian

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: 200 level Otuoke University student commits suicide over academic failure

Victim’s Name: Arikekpar Lucky

Marital Status: Single

Date:  Monday 22

Gender: Male

Age: 27

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration due to academic challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Bayelsa

Victim’s State of Origin: Bayelsa

Story Summary:

A 200-level student of the department of History and Diplomacy at the Federal University Otuoke (FUO) Bayelsa State, Arikekpar Lucky, has committed suicide to reportedly escape being tagged as a failure in academics by members of his family.

The Guardian gathered that the deceased, a one-time aspirant of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Student Representative, Central Zone, took his life at the wee hours of Monday.

The 27-years-old student who hails from Otuakeme, Ogbia Local Government Area, hung himself with a rope tied to a ceiling fan after locking the door and windows, behind him.

Source: Guardian

 

APRIL

 

CASE ONE

Story Title: Soldier Commits Suicide in Borno

Victim’s Name: Kila Jima

Marital Status: Not Given

Date: Saturday 10

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Soldier

State Where incident Happened: Borno

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

An army corporal serving in Borno State has allegedly committed suicide after shooting himself in the head.

The deceased must have ended his life as a result of depression, one of his colleague serving with 212 Battalion, Maiduguri, has said.

The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday when the soldier was found lying next to his gun with a severe bullet wound in the head.

“Cpl Kila Jima from 152 Battalion, Banki on 10-4-2021 just carried his personal rifle and shot himself dead,” his colleague said in a text message.

The soldier was said to have shown some sign of depression before he eventually took his life.

Source: Daily Trust

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: 200 level OAU student commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Emmanuel Adedeji

Marital Status: Single

Date: Tuesday 20 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A part two student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in the department of Management and Accounting, Emmanuel Adedeji, had reportedly committed suicide.

Emmanuel, it was said, left a suicide note after he took a poisonous substance which led to his death.

It was not immediately clear why Emmanuel took the decision, as some sources close to him gave different reasons.

A classmate of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said Emmanuel suffered depression after a failed business deal.

But another source that commented on the matter said the deceased did not look like he was depressed when he was seen near the Conference Centre of the university on Monday.

Source: Punch

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Lady allegedly poisons self, ex boyfriend a week to his wedding

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Single

Date: Saturday 3

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Poison

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 34-year-old groom has been poisoned by his ex-girlfriend just a week to his wedding ceremony in Owerri, Imo State.

The groom, identified as Akuma Felix Emeka, was allegedly poisoned by his ex-girlfriend, who also poisoned herself, according to a report by IgbereTV.

It’s unclear what transpired between the former lovers, but sources revealed that on Saturday, April 3, 2021, the ex-girlfriend had invited Felix for a drink, unknown to him, she had poisoned the drink.

They were later found dead in his car with what was left of the drink. Felix, a graduate of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, was scheduled to get married on Sunday, April 11.

Source: Sahara reporters

 

JUNE

 

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.

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Source: Liindaikejiblog

 

 JULY

 

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

 

AUGUST

 

CASE ONE

Story Title: 400 level Unilorin student commits suicide after two failed attempts

Victim’s Name: Elijah Jude Anuoluwapo

Marital Status: Single

Date: Thursday, 26

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Illicit drug substance

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Kwara

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A student of the University of Ilorin identified as Elijah Jude Anuoluwapo, has reportedly committed suicide early Thursday morning by taking illicit drug substances.

The Tribune Online gathered that the deceased, popularly known as Jude, died in the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), where he was rushed by his colleagues for medical attention.

It was gathered that Jude had unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide on two occasions.

Source: Tribuneonline

CASE TWO

Story Title: Sad! Girl drinks sniper & dies after her boyfriend jilted her

Victim’s Name: Mirabel

Marital Status: Single

Date: Sunday, 29 (Reported)

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Not given

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Not given

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A Nigerian Lady yet to be identified is said to have did an outrageous thing due to heartbreak she suffered from relationships. It was gathered that the Nigerian Lady poisoned herself by drinking sniper, because the love of her Life, boyfriend broke up with her.

She was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention as she could be seen battling with her life in the uploaded video as the poison went deep into her body. But it was gathered that she couldn’t survive it.

Source: livetimesng

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: 13 year old girl allegedly commits suicide in Edo

Victim’s Name: Precious Iwezoa

Marital Status: Single

Date: Saturday, 7

Gender: Female

Age: 13

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Edo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A thirteen-year-old girl, Precious Iwezoa has allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself to death in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state.

According to Channels TV, a neighbour found Precious’s dead body hanging with a rope inside her grandmother’s residence on Saturday at Number 6 Osagie Street, Off Lucky Way Road and immediately alerted her family about the incident.

Source: Within Nigeria News

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: TASUED fresh graduate allegedly commits suicide over possible carryover

Victim’s Name: Oshokoya Deborah Ayomikun

Marital Status: Single

Date: Wednesday, 11

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Academic challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Ogun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A fresh graduate of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijagun, Ogun State, Oshokoya Deborah Ayomikun, has allegedly committed suicide.

The Adult Education graduate who recently finished her final year exams, allegedly died after taking poisonous substance suspected to be sniper.

Though details of the incident was still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, it was gathered that that she allegedly took her own life because of a possible extra year due to carryover in one of her final year courses.

TASUED SUG President, Comr Rabiu Sodiq, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, August 11, advised students against taking such drastic action no matter the challenges life throws their ways.

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: UNIZIK student commits suicide over alleged hike in school fees

Victim’s Name: David Ogbonna

Marital Status: Single

Date: Sunday, 22 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Abia

Story Summary:

A 200-Level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, has reportedly committed suicide over an alleged hike in school fees.

The deceased, a native of the Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, was said to be studying Industrial Physics.

His body was reportedly found dangling inside one of the hostel blocks on campus.

A source who preferred anonymity said, “The deceased locked himself inside the room for days and was sobbing over his inability to pay the new regime of school fees introduced by the management,” adding, “when the door was broken, he was seen dangling with a rope around his neck.”

Another source, who described the deceased as a quiet and calm student, said he never showed any signs of depression before the incident.

Source: Punch

 

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Evangelist’s husband commits suicide in Ondo

Victim’s Name: Moshood Lasisi

Marital Status: Married

Date: Wednesday, 18 (published)

Gender: Male

Age: 62

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Ondo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 62-year-old man has committed suicide by hanging in Ondo State.

The deceased, a husband to a popular evangelist in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State took his own life at their Ayede-Ogbese home.

The deceased identified as Moshood Lasisi, who was said to have been using crutches to aide his movement due leg issues he had been battling for a while hung himself when his wife and children had gone to the farm.

Source: Daily Post

 

SEPTEMBER

 

CASE ONE

Story Title: Teenage girl allegedly commits suicide in Delta

Victim’s Name: Blessing

Marital Status: Single

Date: Sunday, 19

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A Warri-based teenager simply identified as Blessing, on Sunday reportedly committed suicide over her boyfriend’s alleged infidelity.

The 16-year-old girl who resided at Arubayi Street, Warri, was said to have drank a bottle of banned popular insecticide, ‘Sniper.’

Blessing’s body was reportedly discovered in the bathroom by neighbours who raised the alarm.

She was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Source: Punch

CASE TWO

Story Title: Auchi Poly freshman commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Solomon Oboh

Marital Status: Single

Date: Friday, 10

Gender: Male

Age: 23

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Edo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A 23 years old student of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, (Auchi Poly), Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, identified as Solomon Oboh, has committed suicide shortly after classes on Friday.

The spokesperson of the school, Mustapha Oshiobugie, who confirmed the incident, said he is yet to get the details.

Oboh, who was a National Diploma, ND, I student of Public Administration, was reportedly  found dangling in his room on Friday night.

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Nigerian official reportedly commits suicide after EFCC invitation

Victim’s Name: Christopher Orji

Marital Status: Married

Date: Wednesday, 8 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 59

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Government worker

State Where incident Happened: Abuja

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A Nigerian government official, Christopher Orji, has reportedly committed suicide in Abuja.

Orji, 59, was an assistant director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

He was the agency’s Bioresource Centre coordinator in Langtang, Plateau State.

Orji’s body was found dangling with a rope tied to a ceiling fan at his residence in Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his demise, Daily Trust quoted NABDA sources.

Orji died on the day he was expected to honour an invite by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Source: Daily Post

 

OCTOBER

 

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.

Source: Punch

 

CASE TWO

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

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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.

Source: 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.

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE FOUR

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.

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE FIVE

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.

Source:  Niyitabiti.net

 

CASE SIX

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: Not given

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.

Source:  ThisDay Live

 

CASE SEVEN

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.

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE EIGHT

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.

Source: Tori.ng

 

CASE NINE

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.

Source: Tribuneonline

 

NOVEMBER

 

CASE ONE

Story Title: Man commits suicide after losing company N150,000 on betting

Victim’s Name: Adegbite

Marital Status: Married

Date: Happened in November (specific date not given)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Not given

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Employed

State Where incident Happened: Abuja

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command on Tuesday said it was investigating the death of a man identified as Adegbite, who allegedly committed suicide after losing N150,000 to sport betting.

The incident happened in Pegi in the Kuje area council of Abuja in November.

Adegbite was said to have placed a bet with the money which his boss gave him to pay his colleagues, hoping to replace it after winning.

One of his colleagues at work, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Adegbite committed suicide after he lost the money….

The spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.

Source: Punch

 

DECEMBER

 

CASE ONE

Story Title: Osun lotto operator sets self ablaze over debts

Victim’s Name: Seyi

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Saturday December 11 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Set self ablaze (burning self)

Reason: Frustration/Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Self Employed

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

An operator of a gambling house resident in Ikire, Osun State, simply identified as Seyi, has reportedly committed suicide by setting himself ablaze.

It was gathered that the deceased, whose kiosk is located in the Centre area of Ikire, locked himself up in his gambling kiosk and set himself on fire.

It was further learnt that before residents could realise what had happened, he had been badly burnt.

Source: Punch

https://punchng.com/osun-lotto-operator-sets-self-ablaze-over-debts/

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Lagos diploma holder confirmed dead after he was filmed jumping into lagoon (Video)

Victim’s Name: Lekan Odunare

Marital Status: Not given

Date: Tuesday December 14

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Jumped inside lagoon

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

The family of a National Diploma certificate holder, Lekan Odunare, has confirmed his death after he jumped into a lagoon in an attempt to commit suicide.

Reports have it that the body of the victim, who jumped into the lagoon in the Epe area of Lagos State on Tuesday morning, was found on Thursday.

A grieving family member of the victim who craved anonymity confirmed the development in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday.

Source: Punch

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Delta man jumps into well, dies after killing wife

Victim’s Name: Ikedi Peter

Marital Status: Married

Date: Sunday 12

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Jumped inside well

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Delta

Story Summary:

A middle-aged man, Ikedi Peter, has reportedly committed suicide after killing his wife.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Ikedi killed his wife, Prophetess Chikordi Peter, of the Ancient of Days Healing Church, Umunede, in the Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State.

Although the details of the murder were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, a community source told our correspondent that Peter jumped into a well after allegedly killing his wife, who was the general overseer of the church.

Source: Punch

 

 

 

 

About Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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