Summary of Monthly Media Reports of Suicide Incidents in Nigeria: January – December 2020

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.

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.

The alarming rate of suicides that took place in Nigeria in 2019 remains a puzzle to many people. It is now a fact that 2019 recorded the highest rate of suicide incidents among Nigerians in modern times with 70 reported cases in the media. Some analysts have argued that the media are majorly or partly responsible for suicide rates in most societies based on what is called ‘suicide contagion’ which is a form of copy cat suicide. This means that people are likely to commit suicide after exposure to suicidal behaviour especially through the mass media. Some other schools of thought say many other factors are responsible for suicide rates apart from media reports on the incident. Among such factors are frustration, failed relationships, poor academic performance, and depression. The sad news is that suicide incidents continued to pop up in 2020, a number of which were almost for the same reasons as the incidents in 2019. But hanging as a method of suicide seemed to have gained grounds in 2020 as as more victims took their life through this way, when compared with facts from 2019.

The Facts in 2019

A study revealed that a total of 70 suicide cases were recorded in 2019 out of which 74% (52 persons) were cases involving men while 26% (18 persons) were women. The study showed that more Nigerian men committed suicide in 2019 than women. The study carried out by hypothesis.com, an independent research group, was a content analysis of reported cases of suicide in both mainstream and social media from January to December 2019. The figures showed that 70 suicide cases were recorded in 2019 out of which 74% (52 persons) were cases involving men while 26% (18 persons) were women. The study further showed that 22 students committed suicide in 2019. Out of the entire suicide cases, 54 were young adults/adolescents (here operationalized as age 39 and below) while 16 were old adults (here operationalized as age 40 and above). One child (a 9-year-old girl) was involved and included among the young adults that committed suicide in 2019.

The Facts in 2020

Fresh study has revealed that 63 suicide incidents were recorded in Nigeria in 2020, based on media reports. This shows a drop in suicide cases by 10% compared to total number of incidents in 2019.  Out of the 63 reported incidents, 78% (49) of the victims were male while 22% (14) were female. Another startling revelation from this study conducted by massmediang, an online news platform, is that there was a rise in incidents involving hanging as a method of suicide among Nigerians. In 2019, 28% of all suicide cases were through hanging while in 2020, majority of the suicide victims took their life through hanging. Data shows that out of 63 incidents of suicide in 2020, 38% (24) of the victims took their life through hanging, 33% (21) died by drinking sniper/poisonous substance, 11% (7) died by shooting themselves, while 13% (8) died through other means such as jumping into lagoon or off storey building, setting self ablaze, or taking other dangerous substances; 5% (3) of the reported incidents did not indicated how the victims took their life.  It was also revealed that 87% (55) of the cases were suicide cases involving only the victim (which was classified as suicide in the study) while 13% (8) were murder-suicide cases. This indicates a rise in murder-suicide incidents in 2020, moving from only three of such incidents in 2019 to eight in 2020.

In terms of reasons for the suicide decision by victims, not all the reported cases in the media indicated reasons why the victim took the decision. But from the 46 reports that mentioned the reasons, 46% (21) took their life because of frustration/depression, 28% (13) did so because of failed/troubled relationship with partner, 9% (4) did so because of suspected mental challenge, 6% (3) did so because of academic challenge, while 11% (5) did so due to various other reasons. Also, majority of the victims 68% were single while 31% were married, according to media reports that indicated victim’s marital status.

Lagos state had the highest number of incidents, with 11 suicide cases, as reported innthe media. This was followed by Anambra state with 6 incidents, and Benue state with 5 incidents. Other states are Imo – 4, Enugu, Cross River, Osun and Nasarawa states – 3 each, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Kaduna, Rivers, Ogun, and Kano states, including Abuja – 2 incidents each, Katsina, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Yobe, Kogi, Ebonyi, and Edo states – 1 each. The media did not report of any suicide incidents in a total of 14 states. The states are Borno, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Ekiti, Oyo, Niger, Plateau, Taraba, Gombe, Kebbi, Kwara, Adamawa, and Bauchi. It is possible there may have been cases of suicide in this states which were not made public through the media. The fact is that according to media reports monitored in the course of this study, no suicide incidents took place in these 14 states. This study was based on media reports that appeared in mainstream media or some other relatively reliable social media.

How the study was done

Massmediang adopted the data journalism technique in reporting the trend of suicides in 2020. Suicide reports in the media were compiled and published on a monthly basis, from January to December 2021. These media reports were then compiled and analysed to come up with the final report on total suicide incidents throughout the year.

The complete list of suicide victims in various states of the country was also recorded in the study. Most of the incidents were cross-checked in both social and mainstream media to further measure authenticity of the incidents. The doubtful incidents which appeared in just one or two social media platforms were not recorded.

 

Details of 2020 Suicide Incidents

 

JANUARY

CASE ONE

Story Title: Corp member commits suicide in Enugu, police confirm

Victim’s Name: Bolufemi Princess Motunrayo

Marital Status: Single

Date: January 10

Gender: Female

Age: Young Adult

Method: Sniper (two bottles)

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide (single incident)

Occupation: NYSC Member

State Where incident Happened: Enugu

Victim’s State of Origin: Kogi State

Story Summary:

Source: The Punch

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Widow murdered as man commits suicide in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Princewill Okoroafor

Marital Status: Not given

Date: January 16

Gender: Male

Age: 31 (Young Adult)

Method: Sniper

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-suicide

Occupation:

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Sunnewsonline

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: UNICAL student commits suicide over alleged ‘frustration’ by project supervisor

Victim’s Name: Maxwell Lucky Enudi

Marital Status: Not given

Date: January 23

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Academic challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student (UNICAL)

State Where incident Happened: Cross River

Victim’s State of Origin: Delta State

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Man commits suicide in Katsina

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Not given

Date: January 26

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Katsina

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Ariya

 

FEBRUARY

CASE ONE

Story Title: LASTMA official commits suicide in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Tope Akinde

Marital Status: Not given

Date: February 1

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Mental challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Latsma Official (civil servant)

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Ripples Nigeria

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: 12-year-old boy commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Tope Akinde

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 5

Gender: Male

Age: 12

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration/Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Primary School Pupil (student)

State Where incident Happened: Imo State

Victim’s State of Origin: Imo state

Story Summary:

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Police Inspector ‘commits suicide’ over murder charge

Victim’s Name: Okon Essien

Marital Status: Not given

Date: February 5

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: To avoid trial over murder charge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Police officer

State Where incident Happened: Lagos State

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Sources: Premium Times

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Man jumps from Third Mainland Bridge into Lagoon
Victim’s Name: Daibo Toju Davies

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 15

Gender: Male

Age: 22

Method: Jumped into Lagoon

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: University Graduate (Not yet employed)

State Where incident Happened: Lagos State

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Sources: Vanguard, Channels TV

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Mother, child die after drinking sniper in Delta
Victim’s Name: Pigha Koboye (and her child)

Marital Status: Single

Date: February 18

Gender: Female (child’s gender not given)

Age: (in her 20s; exact age not given)

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Delta State

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Sunnnesonline

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Man Commits Suicide By Hanging After Girlfriend He Trained In School Dumps Him
Victim’s Name: Mr. Ossy

Marital Status: Single

Date: February

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Anambra State

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra State

Story Summary:

Source: Gistreel

 

CASE SEVEN

Story Title: OAU Student Commits Suicide Over Academic Depression

Victim’s Name: Oboh Emmanuel

Marital Status: Single

Date: February

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Academic challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: My SchooolNG

 

CASE EIGHT

Story Title: Student, 13, Commits Suicide Following Suspension From School

Victim’s Name: Juwon

Marital Status: Single

Date: February

Gender: Male

Age: 13

Method: Sniper

Reason: Embarrassed

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: PM Express

 

CASE NINE

Story Title: Depressed soldier shoots 7, kills self
Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Married

Date: February 26

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Relationship breakdown (wife’s alleged infidelity)

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Soldier

State Where incident Happened: Borno

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE TEN

Story Title: Father of six commits suicide over alleged infidelity

Victim’s Name: Felix Edore

Marital Status: Married

Date: February 28

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Relationship breakdown (wife’s alleged infidelity)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Taxi driver

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Delta

Story Summary:

Source: The Nation

 

MARCH

CASE ONE

Story Title: Anambra man abandoned by wife commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Samuel Nweke

Marital Status: Married

Date: March

Gender: Male

Age: 47

Method: Hanging

Reason: Relationship breakdown (wife left him after disagreement)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

Source: Punch,

Daily Post

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Ondo policeman kills wife, self over alleged infidelity

Victim’s Name: Tolulope

Marital Status: Married

Date: March 10

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Relationship breakdown (accused wife of infidelity)

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Police man

State Where incident Happened: Ondo

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Punch

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Anambra: 85-year-old woman jumps to her death from 3-storey building

Victim’s Name: Ilione Victoria

Marital Status: Married

Date: March 17

Gender: Female

Age: 85

Method: Jumped to her death

Reason: Mental Health challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

Source: The Sun

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Student Commits Suicide After Seeing Her JAMB Score, Leaves Sad Note

Victim’s Name: Zainab

Marital Status: Single

Date: March 17

Gender: Female

Age: Exact age not given(Teenager)

Method: Sniper

Reason: Academic challenge (failed JAMB)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Not given

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Tori.ng

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Sexagenarian, 18-year-old rape victim commit suicide in Osun, Bayelsa

Victim’s Name: Amos Ojedapo

Marital Status: Not given

Date: March 18

Gender: Male

Age: 68

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Sexagenarian, 18-year-old rape victim commit suicide in Osun, Bayelsa

Victim’s Name: Not given

Marital Status: Not given

Date: March 18

Gender: Female

Age: 18

Method: Hanging

Reason: Depression due to gang rape

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Bayelsa

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE SEVEN

Story Title: Anambra: Police Inspector commits suicide after killing ex-lover, husband for turning down marriage proposal

Victim’s Name: Kenneth Enamika

Marital Status: Single

Date: March 22

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Shooting

Reason: Failed relationship (turned down marriage proposal)

Type: Murder-suicide

Occupation: Police officer

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Imo

Story Summary:

Source: The Sun

 

CASE EIGHT

Story Title: 40-year-old technician commits suicide over alleged erectile dysfunction in Delta

Victim’s Name: Victor Edem

Marital Status: Single

Date: March 23

Gender: Male

Age: 40

Method: Hanging

Reason: Erectile dysfunction

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Technician

State Where incident Happened: Delta

Victim’s State of Origin: Cross River

Story Summary:

Source: Daily Nigerian

 

APRIL

CASE ONE

Story Title: Native doctor commits suicide in Abia

Victim’s Name: Friday Onyeonoziri

Marital Status: Married

Date: April 4

Gender: Male

Age: Late 30s

Method: Hanging

Reason: Mental Health challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Native Doctor

State Where incident Happened: Abia

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: The Nation

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: 23-year-old female commits suicide in Mpape

Victim’s Name: Rejoice

Marital Status: Single

Date: April 4

Gender: Female

Age: 23

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Abuja (Federal Capital Territory)

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: 23 Nursing mother commits suicide over alleged pressure from husband

Victim’s Name: Esther Frank

Marital Status: Married

Date: April 9

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Frustration (over relationship)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Akwa Ibom

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

Source: Daily Post

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Man commits suicide after wife told him their only child was fathered by a stranger

Victim’s Name: Jacob Numku

Marital Status: Married

Date: April

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration (over failed relationship)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Farmer

State Where incident Happened: Nassarawa

Victim’s State of Origin: Nassarawa

Story Summary:

Source: The Nation

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Man commits suicide after wife told him their only child was fathered by a stranger

Victim’s Name: Seyi Akinade

Marital Status: Single

Date: April 21

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Not given

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Breaking Times

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Lockdown: 45-year-old man commits suicide in Imo

Victim’s Name: Osita Ezuruike

Marital Status: Single

Date: April 27

Gender: Male

Age: 45

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Imo

Victim’s State of Origin: Imo

Story Summary:

Source: Punch

 

MAY

CASE ONE

Story Title: Man commits suicide in Nasarawa school

Victim’s Name: James Samuel

Marital Status: Not given

Date: May 9

Gender: Male

Age: 30

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Nasarawa

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Banker who took N2 million loan for wedding commits suicide two months after marriage crashed

Victim’s Name: Okpanachi John

Marital Status: Single

Date: May 10

Gender: Male

Age: 37

Method: Sniper

Reason: Failed marriage

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Banker

State Where incident Happened: Kaduna

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: My State News

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Man, 50, commits suicide in Abia

Victim’s Name: Chukwudi Maduka

Marital Status: Not given

Date: May 18

Gender: Male

Age: 50

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Abia

Victim’s State of Origin: Abia

Story Summary:

Source: Premium Times

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Breaking: Young banker commits suicide in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Kelvin

Marital Status: Not given

Date: May 20

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Banker

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

JUNE

CASE ONE

Story Title: Employee commits suicide in Bayelsa after losing boss’ N150,000 to gambling

Victim’s Name: Suga

Marital Status: Not given

Date: June 17

Gender: Male

Age: 28

Method: Sniper

Reason: Lost his boss’s money in game betting

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Bet9ja operator

State Where incident Happened: Bayelsa

Victim’s State of Origin: Bayelsa

Story Summary:

Source: The Nation

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Nigerian man stabs his fiancé to death and then commits suicide in their home in Lekki

Victim’s Name: Chris

Marital Status: Single

Date: June 21

Gender: Male

Age: 39

Method: Sniper

Reason: Not given

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Linda Ikeji

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Single mum allegedly commits suicide in Port Harcourt after posting a cry for help on Facebook

Victim’s Name: Folashade Eloho Bello

Marital Status: Single

Date: June 21

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Mixed Hypo and Dettol

Reason: Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Rivers

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Linda Ikeji

JULY

CASE ONE

Story Title: LASTMA official allegedly commits suicide after stabbing his lover in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Emmanuel Mekuri

Marital Status: Single

Date: July 5

Gender: Male

Age: 47

Method: Knife stab

Reason: Quarrel with lover

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Government worker

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Linda Ikeji

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: 14-year-old girl commits suicide

Victim’s Name: Anita Haledu Ibrahim

Marital Status: Single

Date: July 11

Gender: Female

Age: 14

Method: Herbicide

Reason: Frustration (unwanted pregnancy)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Nasarawa

Victim’s State of Origin: Nasarawa

Story Summary:

A fourteen-year-old girl Anita Haledu Ibrahim of Angwan Dorowa Gbuja, in Akwanga LGA of Nasarawa state, has committed suicide over an unwanted pregnancy.

Investigation revealed the deceased, a student of Government Science school Andaha, near Akwanga, took herbicide to kill herself.

The Nation further gathered she was pregnant for her boyfriend whom she met in Andaha during the COVID-19 lockdown, who was introduced to her closest friend in the school.

Source: The Nation

https://thenationonlineng.net/just-in-14-year-old-pregnant-girl-commits-suicide/

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Girl commits suicide over fights with brother in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Sherifat Suleiman

Marital Status: Single

Date: July 12

Gender: Female

Age: 20

Method: Sniper

Reason: Frustration (continuous fight with her brother)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Ogun

Story Summary:

Following series of molestations by her step-brother, a 20-year-old girl, Sherifat Suleiman, has committed suicide in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m., on Sunday, in Isawo area.

The deceased and her brother, who lived in a two-room apartment on Road 8, off 2nd Avenue, Olorunsogo, Yewa, Isawo, were said to always be at loggerheads.

Sherifat, who was preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, started living with the brother after the death of their father.

On the day of the incident, it was learned that she bought and ingested a poisonous substance.

When she started writhing in pains, a little girl raised the alarm. Neighbours responded, but found Sherifat lying on the floor, with whitish discharges from her mouth.

Source: Vanguard

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/07/girl-commits-suicide-over-fights-with-brother-in-lagos/

 

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: 32-year-old man commits suicide in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Aboh Ogbeche

Marital Status: Single

Date: July 17

Gender: Male

Age: 32

Method: Bleach

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Cross River

Story Summary:

A 32-year-old man identified as Aboh Ogbeche on Friday commit suicide at his family residence in Lawanson, Surulere area of Lagos State.

Aboh was said to have drank bleach, even as sources stated that there was nothing to indicate that he was planning to commit suicide.

It was gathered that the victim poured the liquid in a cup, sat before his mother, gulped the substance and immediately began to convulse.

A close friend of the deceased said the mother, who was shocked by the incident, raised the alarm and Aboh was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was gathered that the deceased did not leave behind a suicide note or told any of his friends about his plan to commit suicide.

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Aboh was a very jovial person and nobody knew he could think of taking his own life.

Source: Punch

https://punchng.com/32-year-old-man-commits-suicide-in-lagos/

 

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Man fined N215,000, commits suicide in Ogun

Victim’s Name: Fatai Salami

Marital Status: Not given

Date: July 20

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Sniper

Reason: Frustrated

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Truck Driver

State Where incident Happened: Ogun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

A truck owner identified as Fatai Salami, has committed suicide after his truck was seized by officials of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps for flouting COVID-19 laws in the state.

Salami reportedly drank an insecticide (sniper), within the premises of the TRACE  after he was asked to pay N215,000 for flouting COVID-19 law in the state.

A source told our correspondent that TRACE officials seized the deceased’s truck from his driver in Abeokuta on Thursday for flouting social distancing order and failure to use a face mask.

He was said to have gone to the premises of TRACE and pleaded for the release of his truck, but failed to get his truck back.

According to the source, he had been sleeping on the premises from Thursday until Monday when he was able to raise a sum of N150,000, which was rejected.

The source said the man threatened to kill himself but was not taken seriously until he drank the sniper and died.

The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the death of the man.

He said, “The man was neither a truck driver not a truck owner. We only saw him there, he sat on the floor and the people asked him to stand up and as he stood up he brought out something from his pocket and drank it.

“We later discovered that it was sniper that he drank. He was rushed to the General Hospital, where he gave up the ghost. The case has  been reported to the police.”

Source: Punch

https://punchng.com/man-fined-n215000-commits-suicide-in-ogun/

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Lottery operator commits suicide over winnings in Lagos

Victim’s Name: Baba Pool

Marital Status: Not given

Date: July 23

Gender: Male

Age: 70

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration (Couldn’t pay pool winners)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Lottery operator

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE SEVEN

Story Title: Jilted lover, 25, commits suicide in Kano

Victim’s Name: Ashiru Musa Danrimi

Marital Status: Single

Date: July 23

Gender: Male

Age: 25

Method: Knife Stab

Reason: Failed romance

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Private security personnel

State Where incident Happened: Kano

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Independent

 

AUGUST

 CASE ONE

Story Title: Jilted lover commits suicide in Rivers

Victim’s Name: ‘Tailor’

Marital Status: Single

Date: August 1

Gender: Male

Age: Middle Aged

Method: Hanging

Reason: Failed romance

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Tailor

State Where incident Happened: Rivers

Victim’s State of Origin: Kogi

Story Summary:

Source: The Sun

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Father of three commits suicide in Enugu

Victim’s Name: Emmanuel Eze

Marital Status: Married

Date: August 3

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Suspected mental health challenge

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Enugu

Victim’s State of Origin: Enugu

Story Summary:

Source: Premium Times

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Father UNICAL student allegedly commits suicide after being defrauded of her school fees

Victim’s Name: Veronica Bako Myomuter

Marital Status: Single

Date: August 6

Gender: Female

Age: 18

Method: Poisonous substance (sniper)

Reason: Scammed by fraudsters (frustration)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Not given

Victim’s State of Origin: Benue

Story Summary:

Source: Lindaikejisblog

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Married man commits suicide in Rivers

Victim’s Name: Chinedu Peter Ogwa

Marital Status: Married

Date: August 27

Gender: Male

Age: 45

Method: Poisonous substance (sniper)

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Business man

State Where incident Happened: Rivers

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Lindaikejisblog, Vanguard

 

SEPTEMBER

CASE ONE

Story Title: 2 Lovers in Anambra Commit Suicide Over ‘Osu’

Victims’ Names: Not given

Marital Status: Single

Date: September 4 (reported)

Gender: Male and Female

Age: Not given

Method: Poisonous substance (sniper)

Reason: Frustration (they were not allowed to marry)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Anambra

Victim’s State of Origin: Anambra

Story Summary:

Source: Nairaland Forum

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Nigerian soldier fighting Boko Haram commits suicide after ‘false’ theft accusation, punishment

Victims’ Names: Victor Ojeamiran

Marital Status: Married

Date: September 22 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Soldier

State Where incident Happened: Yobe

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Premium Times

 

OCTOBER

CASE ONE

Story Title: Lady Commits Suicide After Losing Her Phone As Friends Mourn

Victims’ Names: Nora Able

Marital Status: Single

Date: October 4 (reported)

Gender: Female

Age: Not given

Method: Poisonous substance (sniper)

Reason: Frustration (allegedly for losing her phone)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Akwa Ibom

Victim’s State of Origin: Akwa Ibom

Story Summary:

Source: Nairaland Forum

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Nigerian Man Hangs Himself to Death in Benue

Victims’ Names: Ernest Tsue Tyoakaa

Marital Status: Not given

Date: October 12 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Benue

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: GhGossip

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Another man commits suicide in Benue State

Victims’ Names: Alumun Igbaze

Marital Status: Not given

Date: October 11

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Benue

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Lindaikejiblog

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: Young man commits suicide in Enugu community

Victims’ Names: Ikenna Sunday Eze

Marital Status: Single

Date: October 18

Gender: Male

Age: 23

Method: Hanging

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Enugu

Victim’s State of Origin: Enugu

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Police officer kills colleague, self in Abuja over #End SARS

Victims’ Name:

Marital Status: Not given

Date: October 25

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Shooting

Reason: Anger (over argument)

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Police man

State Where incident Happened: Abuja

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Daily Trust

 

NOVEMBER

CASE ONE

Story Title: Ex-lecturer shoots wife, kills self in Kaduna

Victims’ Names: Austin Umera

Marital Status: Married

Date: November 19

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Gun shot

Reason: Relationship issue (domestic quarrel)

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Retiree

State Where incident Happened: Kaduna

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: UNIOSUN student found dead hours after posting about suicide on social media

Victims’ Names: Juba Babatunde Phillips

Marital Status: Single

Date: November 24

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Bottle of pesticide (sniper)

Reason: Not given

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Osun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE THREE

Story Title:  Man commits suicide in Kano over ‘family burdens’

Victims’ Names: Ibrahim Abubakar

Marital Status: Married

Date: November 26

Gender: Male

Age: 50

Method: Hanging

Reason: Family burdens/Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Business man

State Where incident Happened: Kano

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title:  Nicodemus, 39, sets self, girlfriend ablaze in Benue

Victims’ Names: Nicodemus

Marital Status: Married

Date: November 15 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 39

Method: Set self ablaze

Reason: Failed relationship

Type: Murder-Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Benue

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

DECEMBER

CASE ONE

Story Title: Council worker owed three months sets self ablaze in Benue

Victims’ Names: Aondona Yaga

Marital Status: Married

Date: December 8

Gender: Male

Age: Not given

Method: Set self ablaze

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Local Government Worker

State Where incident Happened: Benue

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: The Guardian

 

CASE TWO

Story Title: Man commits suicide in Imo

Victims’ Names: Not given

Marital Status: Not given

Date: December 18

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 unidentified young man committed suicide in Uratta Owerri North LGA, Imo State on Friday, December 18, IgbereTV reports.

The deceased did not leave any suicide note so the reason for his dastard act is unknown. However, his neighbors claim he might have decided to take his life due to economic hardship and hunger. His body has since been removed from the tree where it was found.

Source: Igbere TV

 

CASE THREE

Story Title: Mother of 5 displaced by Ebonyi communal war commits suicide over hardship
Victims’ Names: Ifeoma Otubo

Marital Status: Married

Date: December 20

Gender: Female

Age: 45

Method: Hanging

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Farmer

State Where incident Happened: Ebonyi

Victim’s State of Origin: Ebonyi

Story Summary:

Due to hardship, which she had complained about several times, a middle-aged woman, Ifeoma Otubo, whose family was displaced by an Ebonyi State communal war, committed suicide by hanging on Sunday.

She was found dangling from a mango tree by her children at their Okposi Umuoghara abode, in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.

Christopher Nwuzor, a brother to the diseased, said the 45 years old mother of five had, sometime in 2014, attempted to commit suicide because of hardship, but was rescued by people who spotted her.

Before she took her life in the early hours of Sunday, she had complained of hardship, as she could not take care of her five children, the first of which is about 25 years of age.
Source: Vanguard

 

CASE FOUR

Story Title: 300L Unilorin student commits suicide over N300m Forex deal

Victims’ Names: Gbenga Favour Olaoye Akanbi

Marital Status: Single

Date: December 22 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 19

Method: Poison

Reason: Frustration

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Lagos

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary:

Source: Vanguard

 

CASE FIVE

Story Title: Nigerian Lady Commits Suicide after being repeatedly raped by cleric dad

Victims’ Names: Ohirenua Giwa-Amu

Marital Status: Single

Date: December 28 (reported)

Gender: Female

Age: Not Given

Method: Not given

Reason: Frustration/Depression

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Not given

State Where incident Happened: Not given

Victim’s State of Origin: Edo

Story Summary:

This is coming a day after a young lady, Ohirenua Giwa-Amu, committed suicide. Ohirenua had recently written an open letter to her father and popular pastor, Femi Giwa-Amu, for allegedly repeatedly raping her when she was seven years old. Ohirenua’s death was confirmed by her friends who also wrote several tributes on her social media pages.

Source: The Guardian; Sahara Reporters

 

CASE SIX

Story Title: Ogun student commits suicide for being dumped by girlfriend

Victims’ Names: Nonso

Marital Status: Single

Date: December 30 (reported)

Gender: Male

Age: 19

Method: Not given

Reason: Failed Relationship

Type: Suicide

Occupation: Student

State Where incident Happened: Ogun

Victim’s State of Origin: Not given

Story Summary of Story

Source: The Guardian

 

N.B: The cases presented here are incidents reported in social media and mainstream media which do not have very controversial angles to them in terms of whether they happened or not. These are verifiable incidents. There are some other unverifiable cases that looked very controversial on face value which were not captured here. Some of them were either reported only by one or two unreliable platforms, or the reports had contents that queried whether the incident was suicide or not.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

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

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