Man Jumps Off 5th Floor In UCH To Commit Suicide

There was confusion Wednesday morning when a middle-aged man whose name and age have not been revealed committed suicide inside the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after he jumped down from the 5th floor of one of the hospital buildings.

It was gathered from eyewitnesses that the man was alleged to have sneaked to the floor due to the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by hospitals staff before he jumped down from the 5th floor to commit suicide.

The incident which occurred around it was learnt caused confusion within and outside the hospital, leaving many to inquire what could lead to such unfortunate incident.

It was gathered that the victim hit his head on the concrete floor and died on the spot.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that blood stain littered the ground before some staff of the hospital were ordered by the management to clean the scene.

The remains of the deceased is said to have been moved to the morgue of the hospital as at the time of filing this report.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Mr. Deji Bobade while confirming the incident said that the corpse of the victim had being deposited in the morgue.

Bobade while explaining that the police have been alerted about the ugly development said he was surprised that hospital has now been turned to a place to commit suicide.

He, however, informed that the management was yet to establish the contact of the deceased’s family.

He said that the victim seized the opportunity of the ongoing strike to commit suicide.

He added that the only item recovered from the the victim was a pair of slippers.

He said that there was no any identity on the victim.

Bobade said, “The incident happened at about 9am. He jumped from the fifth floor, leaving only his leather slippers. The floor is where the museum is, He sneaked to the floor, because of the ongoing JOHESU strike. It is a case of suicide, and we have invited the police. I am not aware if he left any note, but the corpse is in our mortuary”.


Man In Prison For Attempting Suicide In Police Custody

By Mariam Bello

The Osun State police command arraigned a 23-year-old man, Andrew Francis  before a magistrate court in Osogbo for Attempting to commit suicide in Police custody  by inserting nail on his head. 

It was gathered that the accused was arrested and detained at Dugbe Police custody over alleged theft of phone before he attempted to nail his head at the station.

The prosecutor Inspector Lamidi Rasaki told the court that the accused person committed the offence at about 10.25 pm at Dugbe Police station.

He said the accused gave false information to the police against one Kolawole Oloyede to be responsible for the nail on his head.

Rasaki added that the accused person also escaped from the Esho Brains and Spine specialist hospital at Oke-fia where he was receiving treatment.

The prosecutor said that the offence is contrary  to and punishable under sections 327, 192 and 135(9) of the criminal code cap 34 volume 11 laws of Osun State 2006.

Andrew Francis who is having no legal representation pleaded guilty to the three-count charge preferred against him.

The magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara ordered the accused to be remanded in Ilesha prison custody and thereby adjourned the matter to April 27 for further clarification of facts.


Device To Assist With Suicide Displayed In Amsterdam

In an era when cases of suicide have gone to an alarmingly high percentage especially in Nigeria, this new development might raise a lot of alarm.

According to news reports, a 3D-printed euthanasia device that will assist users to kill themselves has been displayed in Amsterdam. The device, which allows people kill themselves with just the click of a button, was invented by Philip Nitschke, popularly known as “Dr Death”.

This will be the first time the device is been displayed, and it was displayed at a funeral fair on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The euthanasia device, named Sarco, first made the news last year after prototype designs were released by its two creators, Australian euthanasia activist Dr. Philip Nitschke and Dutch engineer Alexander Bannink.

Sarco speeds up the death process by hypoxia, i.e by reducing the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues. It is designed to be portable and will come with a built-in detachable coffin.

The inventors claim that a fully-functioning version will be built this year, after which the blueprints will be made open source and published online for anyone to access and download.

Speaking about the invention, Nitschke told Agence France-Presse (AFP):

This is a situation where one person chooses to press a button rather than for instance standing in front of a train.

I believe it’s a fundamental human right [to choose when to die]. It’s not just some medical privilege for the very sick.

If you’ve got the precious gift of life, you should be able to give that gift away at the time of your choosing.

The inventor said he believes it is a more “peaceful and I would even say an elegant death”. However, pro-life groups have criticized Dr Nitschke and warn his machine could lead to a huge rise in suicides across the US.

Woman Attempts To Commit Suicide While Recording On Facebook

A woman whose name is yet to be disclosed by authorities attempted to commit suicide by drinking poison while recording it on Facebook Live.

The woman was in a car, driving and crying, started the video by saying hello to her Facebook friends, including those who do not know her. She then went on to reveal her intention and her reason for wanting to end it all.

“I am making this video because I’m tired of everything. I’m tired of people hurting me and taking advantage of me.

“I’ve been trying to contact my family. I’ve been trying to contact everybody all day and no one’s answering.

“Mummy, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’m about to do. Please, mummy, take care of my two sisters. I know you’ve been through a lot with all of us and you’ve done a lot for everybody. I’m sorry.

“And to all my friends and family, I’m sorry.

“And I want everyone to see this. I want y’all guys to watch me die. And I want some people to live with this for the rest of their lives, especially you, you know yourself.

“I’m tired. I smile and I laugh and I play every day but I’m not OK.

“Y’all can say whatever you want to say because of this video but y’all will not understand. I give up. I give up on everything. I hope the Lord forgive me too. And I hope you guys forgive me too. I’m sorry.”

At this point, she reaches for the poison and drinks it. She then reclines on her car seat and continues filming as the substance takes effect.

According to reports, she was soon found and taken to the hospital. She is now in critical condition




Man Commits Suicide In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Tragedy struck at Gbodo area in Ile Ife as man committed suicide by hanging himself.

The incident which occurred on Tuesday evening when the man identified as Kunle Adeoye hanged himself to death

Minutes after embarking on the act, residents disclosed that the lifeless body of the deceased was discovered by co-tenants who raised the alarm, attracting passers-by and other tenants.

It was gathered that the deceased relatives removed the body which was found clutched to the ceiling fan in his parlour.

Our correspondent gathered that the deceased had lost most of his properties which frustrated his life.

A source revealed that the deceased killed self because he had lent a loan from a cooperative society and has been worried on how to pay the debt.

Sources also revealed that the relatives of the deceased has buried him to avoid the attention of the police.

Sisters Commit Suicide In Russia

Two Russian half-sisters Maria Vinogradova, 12, and her sister Anastasia Svetozarova, 15, were found dead on the pavement beneath their apartment block.

According to the police investigation has began to conclude whether the tragic deaths are linked to the notorious so-called Blue Whale suicide “game”. Hundreds of Russian children and teenagers have taken their lives in recent years after being brainwashed online to complete the 50 steps Blue Whale suicide game which culminates in suicide. Blue Whale and other similar online death groups are said by police to prey on depressed young people.

The sisters are believed to have jumped from the ten-storey rooftop.

According to reports, Maria was “upset and depressed” when their mother took her to a gynaecologist after she allegedly began a relationship with an underage boy called Dmitry. Her mother was reportedly “furious” about her boyfriend.

Seconds before she died, Maria posted a picture of her boyfriend and a message to him with smiles and hearts saying: “Forgive me, please. I love you so much. I know you will find somebody better than me.”

Anastasia also recorded a video in which she said: “Goodbye to everyone! I love you all! This is true. Love you very very much.”


Court Strikes Out Case As Defendant Commits Suicide

A Magistrate Court in Osogbo last Tuesday struck out a case of fraud involving a 49-year old Asimiyu Salawu after he had committed suicide on December 21, 2017.

Salawu was arraigned before court 5 in Osogbo on November 10, 2017.

He was accused of defrauding one Monsurat Adeleke of her N270,000 under the pretence to secure her a piece of land at Ijetu Area, Osogbo.

The deceased was said to have committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 390(9) and 419 of the state criminal law2003.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge leveled against him.

However, at the resumed hearing, the police prosecutor, Inspector Olayiwola Rasaq told the court that the accused person had committed suicide by jumping into Osun River in Osogbo.

The prosecutor stated that the dead body has been confirmed with certificate issued by LAUTECH hospital mortuary.

He also said the corpse of the accused dead person has been released to his family for burial.

In his ruling, Magistrate O.T. Badmus said, “May the soul of the dead rest in perfect peace, as the case died natural death.”

OAU Student Commits Suicide And Here’s Why

Mercy Awolowo a 100 level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has committed suicide, over her poor grades.


According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, in an interview with Premium Times, said Mercy poisoned herself by taking a mixture of rat poison and battery extract.


“We got a call that one of our students took poison. We got to the hospital to realize that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”


Bimpe Oni who is a student of the school and a neighbour of the deceased, said Mercy who lived off campus, took “rat poison mixed with battery extract” and then died on Thursday, October 26th. A classmate of the deceased said she became emotionally down after she saw her result in which she had an E in CHM101 (Chemistry for first-year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.


“Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed. She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”


Before her death, on October 10, she posted on Facebook that: “Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”


Mercy’s family members have been devastated by the news of her death got to them


Shocking! Director Commits Suicide In Kogi

A Director, Mr Edward Soje has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree in Lokoja, the state capital.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Saturday in Lokoja that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks, the Nigeria Army Command Record.

The 54-year-old civil servant decided to take his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja. The couple had been childless before then.

Soje, a Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, was being owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life.

He hailed from Ogori town in Ogori -Magongo Local Government area of the state.

He had before killing himself travelled to Abuja and left a suicide note for the wife who also works in one of the federal ministries.

“Psalm 121:3 God will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keepeth you will not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, the God Almighty will keep you and prosper you, amen. I love you,” according to the suicide note.

Confirming the incident, the state police command Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks at about 5:55 p.m on Oct. 16.

Aya said that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Area D Division received information about the incident from the military intelligence office in the barracks.

“Police moved to the scene, removed the corpse to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. Investigation is still ongoing,” Aya said.

The police spokesman said that nothing was found on the man to help trace his address and family.

However, a search party organised by his relations and friends, found his corpse at the morgue of the hospital on Friday, Oct. 20.

Family sources said that Soje had before the incident been going through a lot of financial pressure due to non-payment of his salary for 11 months by the Kogi State Government.

He was among thousands of civil servants being owed between two and 21 months’ salary arrears by the state government.

As a way out, he was said to have sold his only car and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at Otokiti area of Lokoja.

The building which was at lintel level was sold by Soje at a giveaway price of N1.5 million in April to meet urgent family needs, it was gathered.

According to the sources, Soje’s financial woes became compounded when the wife gave birth to a set of triplets through Caesarian operation in a private hospital in Abuja on Oct. 7.

The deceased remained in the hospital to look after wife and children until Oct. 13, a day before the naming ceremony when he decided to come back to Lokoja.

On getting to Lokoja, Soje went straight to his bank to collect the remaining N30,000 in his salary account with one of the commercial banks and thereafter informed the bank in writing about his decision to close the account.

He immediately left Lokoja for the hospital in Abuja where he rejoined his wife and handed over the N30,000 cash to her.

On Oct. 14, Soje and wife were joined by two pastors and few relatives to perform a brief naming ceremony for the triplets in the hospital.

He later left the hospital on the pretext that he wanted to pick few things from the wife’s apartment in Abuja with a promise to come back quickly.

But Soje did not return for hours and did not pick any of the many calls made to his telephone line, a development which forced the wife to send somebody to the house to go and ascertain what was happening to him.

The person, on getting to the apartment knocked the door severally but no response and decided to call his telephone number.

On hearing the telephone ringing out from the apartment, the person was said to have knocked severally again but no response, this made him to seek the assistance of neighbours to force the door open.

When the door was opened, the people were shocked when they saw Soje’s telephone handset placed on a suicide note on the centre table in the sitting room while he was nowhere to be found.

When the wife was informed, she quickly contacted some people to begin a search for him in Abuja while relations and friends in Lokoja were also informed of the development.

Efforts made to locate him did not yield fruit until relations decided to visit hospitals in Lokoja, the decision paid off eventually on Friday, October 20 when the corpse of Soje was found in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

A member of the family said that the management of the hospital explained to them that Soje’s corpse was brought in by the police, who found it dangling on a tree.

A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the late Soje as a “very quiet and lovable human being. “

He said that some members of the family have been sent to Abuja to break the news to the wife and refused to answer further questions.


Monkeypox Victim Commits Suicide In Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State government confirmed that a victim of Monkeypox receiving treatment at the quarantine centre in the Niger Delta University Hospital (UNDTH), Okolobiri committed suicide yesterday. This was done in a press conference involving the Commissioners of Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson; Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, the Chief Medical Director, NDUTH, Prof. Dimie Ogoina and other senior health officials.

Etebu disclosed that the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of ‘MonkeyPox’ that were being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH). He expressed regret that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease.

He ‎said the deceased medical history did not suggest any mental illness or features of depression and maintained that the patient did not die from the Monkey pox disease.

Etebu said that the police and his family had been duly contacted and all due diligence was being followed for his funeral.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development, saying the matter had been reported to the police. He, however, said the police were not suspecting any foul play, noting that there were no visible marks of violence other than the rope he tied around his neck.

Brazilian Man Commits Suicide While Making A Video On Snapchat

A Brazilian man, 30-year-old Bruno Monteiro committed suicide on Snapchat by jumping off a bridge allegedly after getting into a fight with his woman. This would be the first time someone commits suicide on Snapchat unlike Facebook where several murders and suicides have been streamed life.

In a video, Bruno is seen cursing a woman believed to be his girlfriend or wife. Another user of the app, who was also on the bridge showed a couple of bikers tried to stop him from committing suicide but he went ahead to jump off the Rio-Niterói Bridge. Bruno’s belongings were later collected by the PRF.

The authorities are yet to give an official statement on the suicide.