Man, 23, commits suicide by hanging at the second attempt

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Ugochukwu, 23, was on Sunday found hanging in his apartment in Festac when his mother and two siblings returned from Church.

The mother, Ngozi, and her children quickly raised an alarm, bringing all the neighbours to the scene. The case, which saw the young man hang himself from the ceiling, was transferred to FESTAC Police Division.

According to a Police source, the deceased did not give any clues as to why he took his own life.

He said:

    “Nobody can say why he committed suicide. But two Sundays ago, they caught him mixing cement to drink. The family members had actually gone to church, and he had stayed behind. It was a neighbour who caught him and alerted the family members.

    But all efforts made to find out from him, what went wrong reportedly proved abortive, as he refused to tell anyone anything, including his mother.

    This morning, the family members went to church again, and Ugochukwu decided to stay back. Nobody suspected anything. It was when the family members came back that they found his corpse.”

Another neighbour who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said:

    “Ugochukwu’s father’s whereabouts are unknown, but the boy has a younger brother and an elder sister.

    The corpse has been taken to the mortuary. Since he finished secondary school, he had not been able to secure admission. He took the UTME again this year.

    Everyone knows him as someone who did not talk too much. But no one knew exactly why he committed suicide. He was not working. He was usually at home. They were staying in a room and parlour. They are an average family.”

Another neighbour, Oluja, said:

    “I am shocked that Ugochukwu has passed on. I just returned from my church, only to learn that Ugochukwu was found hanging in his apartment.

    It was the policemen from FESTAC that took his body away. Everyone in the area is still in shock.

    I know that he had been worried about his admission to the University."

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