Graduate Commits Suicide After Attending Mass In Aba
A graduate of Abia State Polytechnic, named only
as Aba, allegedly committed suicide on Sunday,
September 13, by hanging himself with a rope in his
The incident took place at Umuobe village, Ovom,
Obingwa council area, where he resides.
According to The Nation report, the young man,
said to be awaiting the National Youth Service Corps
(NYSC) call up had attended a mass service in one
of the Catholic churches in the area.
Nobody suspected he had the intention of taking his
life when he came back from church until about 5pm
when the bad news broke.
According to a resident in the area, the young
man’s mother and father were dead already and
he was the bread winner of the family.
“ We are yet to understand how the incident
happened. The boy has a handwork which was
fetching him money, so I don’t think that it was
hunger or out of frustration that led him into such
action. I learnt his girlfriend and a few other
persons were around, though I learnt that the
girlfriend was said to be in the kitchen when the
incident happened ,” the resident explained.
The resident added that the police had invited his
girlfriend to the Azuka Police station, in whose
jurisdiction the incident happened, for questioning.
Many sympathizers in the area said the suicide was
a sacrilege and some rituals had to be performed
before his body could be touched and buried.
His body was there till the next day when the
villagers performed the rituals and later took the
Confirming the incident, the Abia state police
commissioner, CP Habila Joshak, said that the
matter was yet to be officially reported to the
It used to be a very distant, far-fetched thought
for Nigerian youths to commit suicide but the times
have changed as the number of people attempting
suicide in the country is on the increase.
People now have a growing need to end their lives
for reasons as flimsy as losing money, being
insulted, losing a job and many other reasons.
On Sunday, August 16, a 23-year-old admission
seeker named Ugochukwu was found hanging in his
apartment at 311 Road, Festac Town, Lagos.
Some weeks back, a 70-year-old pastor, Olufade
Folayinmi, reportedly committed suicide on
Owakurudu Road, in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun