19-yr-old Man Commits Suicide For Being Denied Banana |The Republican News


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Tony Okafor, Awka

A 19-year-old man, who was identified as Prince Chigozie, has reportedly committed suicide because he was denied some bananas by a relation of his.

The incident took place in Mmakwum village, Obosi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered on Monday that Chigozie hanged himself in his room.

A source in the community who begged not to be named for fear of victimisation told our correspondent that Chigozie was found hanging in his room by his father.

He said, “Though no suicide note was found around him about his death; we suspect he killed himself because he was denied of some bananas by one of his relations, whom, I wouldn’t want to mention here.

“I saw him fuming in the morning hours. When I approached him, he said a relation of his had been denying him many things because of his unemployed state.

“I told him to take it easy, but he kept fuming and threatening. Shortly after that, I heard that he had committed suicide.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Haruna confirmed the story to our correspondent.

He said, “One Uche Gbughemobi of Mmakwum village Obosi reported at Obosi Police Division how he found his son dead in his room. The scene was visited and the victim was taken to Crown Hospital Obosi where he was confirmed dead by a medical doctor.”

He said the case was being investigated to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.  (Punch)

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Mother Of Unemployed Graduates Commits Suicide |The Republican News



Tony Okafor, Awka

A mother of two unemployed graduates, whose name was given as Uzoaku, on Saturday hanged herself in Mgbakwu, in the Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

It was gathered that the 66-year-old woman had complained to some people that she was angry that her two children, who graduated some years back, had not got any job.

A villager, Uche Aniuno, said, “I saw her about four days ago. She expressed bitterness over the unemployment situation of her two children who graduated some years back. But I didn’t know that could lead her to this situation.

“She was a hard-working woman and I won’t say she was poor. One of her daughters is married with children. We are all surprised that she ended this way.”

But the younger brother of the deceased, Fredrick Nwenu, told some journalists that his sister had no reason to take her life.

Nwenu, who said he accommodated her late sister for some time, said the news came to him as a shock.

He said, “My sister had no reason to do this, having trained her two children to university level.

“She had two children who are university graduates. Her daughter is happily married with kids. So, she had no reason whatsoever to commit suicide.”

The community was thrown into mourning when the news of the suicide spread, as many described her as an industrious woman.

It was gathered that the deceased hanged herself with a rope which she tied to the burglary-proof bars of the window in her room.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim was cooking in her kitchen around 4pm when she suddenly abandoned the food and dashed to the bedroom where she allegedly took her life.

A neighbour, Isaac Umeh, who described the incident as regrettable, wondered why a grandmother would take such a decision.

He said the deceased was alone at home when the incident happened.

He said, “Nobody was around that time. The food she was cooking was still on the fire when she suddenly rushed into the room where she used a rope to hang herself.

“The whole thing is still a mystery to us because nobody believed a woman of her age with grandchildren could take her own life.”

When our correspondent visited the residence of the deceased, sympathisers were still trooping in in large numbers to offer condolences to the family.

Calls made to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nkeiruka Nwode rang out.  A text message sent to her had also yet to be replied to as of press time. (Metro)

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Man Kills Four Children, Sister-in-law And Himself Over Paternity Issue |RN

By Pamela Eboh



A father, Mr Stephen Nnadiogo, at the weekend stabbed to death his four children, sister-in-law before taking his own life. The incident occurred at No. 21b, Ntueke Street, Awada Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The children were aged two, six, eight and 10 years old. It was learnt that there has been a running battle in Nnadiogo’s home over his wife’s alleged infidelity and the paternity of the four children. Nnadiogo’s wife, Chika, who owns a patent store, it was learnt, had always used the issue to abuse her husband each time they quarrelled.

A neighbour, who pleaded anonymity, said that each time the couple quarrelled, the woman would tell Nnadiogo that he was claiming to be a man while he could not impregnate her and that he was not the biological father of their four children. In response, Nnadiogo would call her a whore who could not stay with one man. However, the man struck at the weekend when the woman went to her medicine store and left their four children with her husband and sister. In an apparent bid to carry out the evil plan, Nnadiogo sent the housemaid on an errand and then picked up a knife and started stabbing the children as well as his sister in- law until they died.

Satisfied that they were dead, Nnadiogo went and hid in one of the rooms in the flat of a four-storey building where they lived and took his own life by reportedly drinking poison. But when the maid returned, she found the four children and the sister-in-law in a pool of blood.

Petrified, she screamed and ran out to tell her madam at the medicine store that her children had been murdered. Chika ran to the police station to file a report. When contacted yesterday, the Awada Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr Martin Mbajunwa, confirmed the incident.

The DPO said their bodies had been deposited in the morgue. He added that investigation into the matter was ongoing. However, it was learnt that Nnadiogo, who returned from overseas a few years ago to settle in Nigeria, had been having a mental challenge. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Nkiru Nwode, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.

She said Nnadiogo just returned from Arochukwu in Imo State where he went to for treatment for mental illness. Nwode said that some unidentified substances were discovered where his body was found but an autopsy was needed to ascertain the cause of death. She said: “The incident happened.

The man had mental issues and he just returned from Arochukwu where he went for treatment a few days ago before he committed the crime. “Some unidentified substances were found around where his body was found but we cannot ascertain the cause of his death until an autopsy is concluded.”   (New Telegraph)

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Six Family Members Commit Suicide Over Debt |The Republican News


Six members of a family were found dead at their home in the southern Indian city of Madurai in an apparent suicide pact over debt, officials said on Monday.

Two more family members were rescued from their residence in a critical state late Sunday night and were being treated at the hospital, the administration official, Veera Rao, said.

The family which ran a school committed suicide by consuming poison and police found a suicide note that said they were under a huge loan default, Rao added.

The family, in the suicide note, asked authorities to sell their property to help settle the dues, according to the police.

Police were investigating if the family was under pressure from any private money lenders.

Madurai is notorious for unscrupulous money-lenders in spite a state-government ban and local media has reported on a number of cases of harassment by money-lenders.


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Shocked Housewife Takes Rat Poison To Protest Husband’s Plan To Take Second Wife


A 22-year-old housewife has allegedly committed suicide by taking rat poison in Miga Local Government Area of Jigawa, to protest her husband’s plan to marry another wife.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jinjiri gave the name of the deceased as Malama Hajara.

He said the jealous housewife committed the act on Monday around 6p.m. in Yanmalam village, Miga town.

“On September 18, around 8p.m., we received a report that one 22-year-old housewife identified as Hajara has committed suicide by taking rat poison around 6p.m. simply because her husband was planning to marry another wife.

“She was taken to General Hospital, Jahun, in Jahun Local Government Area where she died on the same day,” Jinjiri said.

He added that the body of the deceased had been handed over to her family for burial.

A source who pleaded anonymity told NAN that the deceased’s sister had, in 2001, attempted suicide by taking rat poison when her husband planned to marry another wife.

“Fortunately, she survived it,” the source said. (NAN)

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Man Marries A Woman 10 Years After She Interrupted His Suicide |RN

Johanna Li

When Kevin Walsh received an unexpected phone call as a teenager that would prompt him to rethink suicide, he never imagined he would marry the woman at the other end of the call a decade later.

“I was probably somewhere between 5 to 10 seconds away from taking my own life,” Walsh, of Indianapolis, Ind., told “Nobody but her could have spoken a word of reason to me.”

Kevin, 28, and his bride Blake Walsh, 28, will soon be celebrating their one year anniversary — 10 years after he received that fateful phone call that saved his life and15 years after they first met in camp.

The happy couple recalled meeting for the first time at Bair Lake Bible Camp in Michigan, when they were 13 years old.

They were both at the archery station when Blake approached Kevin and said, “Black is a good colour on you.”

“I was like, ‘At least she’s talking to me; she’s the prettiest girl I had ever seen,'” Kevin said.

The pair stayed friends throughout camp and after the summer, they kept in touch once in a while through AOL Instant Messenger until they met again the following summer at the same camp.

After that summer, they exchanged phone numbers and texted once in a while but eventually lost touch as they outgrew the camp.

Toward the end of high school, Kevin recalled falling into depression and becoming suicidal. He said he contemplated ending his life for a month before he wrote a note and decided to slit his wrists.

Moments before he would take his own life, Kevin said he felt his phone vibrate in his pocket.

“I was basically staring down the barrel of my own mortality,” Kevin said, but he answered the phone anyway. “It was her. We hadn’t talked in a year and the one person I believed I would have opened up to called at that exact moment I had let everything go and was at peak vulnerability.”

When she asked what he was doing, Kevin admitted he was about to take his own life.

“Literally, all she said in that moment was, ‘What? Don’t do that,’” Kevin recalled.

But Blake remembers it differently. She recalled being on a school trip when she received a call from Kevin.

“I think it’s a true example of a force in the universe intervening and connecting us,” Blake said. “I get goosebumps every single time I talk about it.”

They got to chatting and catching up until Blake said she had to go back to her group and had Kevin promise he would call her back tomorrow.

“That kind of hit me weird because I wasn’t expecting to be around tomorrow,” Kevin said.

When he decided he wouldn’t kill himself, Kevin recalled writing down his thoughts in a journal, some of which thanked Blake for reappearing into his life at the right moment.

“Over the years, [the journal] grew a couple words at a time,” he said. “Eventually I had a pretty substantial amount of information I wanted to convey and then I realized, ‘Holy crap, I think this is a proposal.'”

After the life-saving phone call, Kevin and Blake stayed in touch and routinely visited one another despite living in different cities.

In 2015, Blake had tagged along on Kevin’s work trip to Switzerland when he popped the question using the words he penned the night she saved his life.

Five months later, they were married.

“I love you,” Kevin told Blake. “Also, thanks for saving my life.”  (Inside Edition)

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Lagos Hairdresser Commits Suicide Over N150,000 Loan |The Republican News

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Samson Folarin

A hairdresser, Yetunde Oladipupo, aka Iyabo, has committed suicide on Onabola Street, Owotutu, in the Somolu area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Oladipupo took an insecticide, Sniper, on Friday shortly after seeing off some friends who had visited her.

Although the cause of the visit could not be ascertained by our correspondent, it was gathered that the mother of four went to a shop afterwards and bought the insecticide.

She was alleged to have taken it and was later rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada, where she died.

Our correspondent learnt that the Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State indigene, had taken a loan of about N150,000 from a microfinance bank and the creditor had been pestering her to pay.

A resident, who did not want to be identified, said the victim was always depressed because she had no means of repaying the debt.

He said, “Iyabo (Oladipupo) has four children and her husband is based in Abuja. He comes home once in a while. She was a hairdresser and had a small shop where she sold some things.

“She borrowed N150,000 from a microfinance bank. When the pressure became too much for her and she could not pay, she became desperate, drank the insecticide and died.”

Another resident said two friends had visited her a few minutes before the incident, adding that it was after the visit that she decided to take her life.

She said, “Around 7pm, two friends visited her and she saw them off. As she was returning, she went to a shop opposite her house where they sell provisions.

“After picking the insecticide, she asked the shopkeeper for a nylon wrapper, but the shopkeeper declined her request and said she should return the insecticide. She kept it somewhere around her dress and left.

“As she was ascending the stairs to the first floor where she lived, she drank the insecticide. Within seconds, she started feeling uncomfortable and called her five-year-old child to go and get help. She was rolling on the floor and groaning with pain.

“Everybody was alarmed upon seeing the empty container of the insecticide. She was taken to a private hospital on the street, but she was rejected. She was then rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada, where about five doctors struggled to save her life. She, however, died.”

A top official of the general hospital confirmed that the victim was brought to the hospital around 7pm, adding that she died in the early hours of Saturday.

He said, “The woman was brought to the hospital around 7pm on Friday and her people said she collected a loan which she could not repay. We don’t know the details. Doctors tried to save her life, but she could not make it.”

The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer said he would call back after speaking with the Somolu Divisional Police Officer.

He had yet to do so as of press time.    (

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Undergraduate Attempts Suicide, Jumps Into River In Imo |The Republican News

Undergraduate attempts suicide, jumps into river in Imo

Tragedy was on Saturday averted at the Federal University of Technol­ogy, Owerri, Imo State, when an undergraduate of the institu­tion, identified as Sydney Prince, jumped into a river in a bid to end his life.

It was gathered that Prince, studying Materials and Metallur­gical Engineering, is the leader of the Man O’ War, a campus secu­rity outfit in the university.

An eyewitness identified as Stellamaris, an undergraduate of FUTO, disclosed that Prince jumped into the Otammiri River, which is within the school en­vironment after making several phone calls.

She said, “While I and my friends were doing our morning exercise at the Otammiri River bank, he was at the other side of the river crying as he was making phone calls. We ignored him and kept jogging. But after about 20 minutes, he jumped into the river. That was when he started shout­ing and screaming for help from passers-by.

“He was struggling and gasp­ing for breath. My friends ran to the street to solicit assistance from people and immediately I saw his head, I started encouraging him to hold on to a tree in the river. He finally lost consciousness and was already drowning when pro­fessional swimmers arrived and rescued him.”

A source close to the victim, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Prince attempted suicide because he was frustrated by what he believed was unjust treatment by the school manage­ment.     (Authority)

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JUST IN: Another Nigerian Man Jumped Into FESTAC Canal, Lagos


Spokesperson for Lagos Police Command, Dolapo Badamos

Gbenga Adeniji

An unidentified man on Saturday morning jumped into a canal in the Festac area of Lagos State.

The incident drew many residents and passers-by to the scene as rescue workers tried to save him from drowning.

An eyewitness told SUNDAY PUNCH that the reason for the man’s action was unclear as he moved close to the Festac Link Bridge and dived in.

The eyewitness said, “Many local divers tried to save him.’’

It was not certain if his body was recovered as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the police in Lagos, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the command got a report of the incident.

He said, “I think it was a case of a man who fell into a canal. We are still trying to get more information on it.’’

He could not immediately confirm if the man was saved.   (

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Just In: Man With 6 Kids Commits Suicide In Bayelsa In Wave Of Suicide In The Country

By Ike A. Offor,


A father of six children and a wife who hails from Ekeremor Local Government area of Bayelsa state has committed suicide. The victim made a rope out of a bed sheet and hung it on the ceiling of a vacant uncompleted room in his house.

The tragedy took place on  Vanguard street off Imgbi road, Yenogoa. The man left behind his wife and six children who are now quite devastated by the demise of the husband and their father.

Related: Igbo Doctor Receives Call, Jumps Into Lagos Lagoon |The Republican News

The eye witnesses who spoke with a reporter from The Republican News said that  he did not leave any suicide note so, people are unaware of the motive for the suicide.

Another witness said that he it is obviously the economic situation in the country. They said that things have not been the same for them since the present economic hardship started.

This is another incident of suicide that is blowing through the country like a whirlwind from all angles and among people from all walks of life in the country.

Related: Two New Lagoon Suicides Averted In Lagos, Now Offence To Walk, Park Near Bridges

Barely less than two weeks ago was the case of a medical doctor, Dr Allwell Orji, who jumped off the bridge into the Lagos lagoon and drowned. Dr Orji had history of clear depression and has attempted suicide before too.

Then, two days after the demise of Dr. Orji two women in Lagos tried to jump off the bridges into the lagoon in Lagos in a similar fashion as Dr Allwell Orji. This pushed the Lagos commissioner of police to ban people loitering or parking their cars on the bridges in Lagos. In all these incidents, a very stringent economic hardship is very limpidly a cause for concern.

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