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Sunday, 24 November 2013

12year-old girl commits suicide in Ebonyi State.

12-year-old girl, Miss Chisom
Okechukwu, has committed suicide,
hanging herself at her family
compound at Nnoche-Uduke
Community in Okpoitumo in the Ikwo
Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports
that Okechukwu, a primary five pupil at
Nnoche-Uduke Primary School, was said
to have left home on Saturday and was
not seen until Sunday morning,
hanging on a tree at the back of her
compound.

Her dangling body was discovered by
her younger sister, Ndidi, who was
going to the toilet dug at the back of
the compound.

An eye-wtness, who spoke on condition
of anonymity, disclosed that Ndidi
raised an alarm which attracted their
parents and other members of the
community who came and brought her
down.“The whole scenario brought
tension and confusion in the
community as people were seen in
clusters discussing the death.
“People,
especially some members of
Okechukwu’s family are of the opinion
that she did not commit suicide and
insisted on a thorough investigation to
unravel the true cause of her death,’’
said the witness.
He claimed that a neighbour to the
Okechukwu family had reported to the
girl’s parents that she stole her egg
which made them to beat her.“After
the incident, Okechukwu went inside
their house, changed into her new cloth
and left the house only to be seen
dangling lifeless on a tree on Sunday,’’
he said.

An elder in the community, Mr Friday
Itumo, told NAN that the incident had
brought confusion to the community as
such a tragedy had never been
experienced before in the community.

“Mr Okechukwu is not the girl’s
biological father as her mother came in
with her when she re-married Mr
Okechukwu after her former husband’s
death.“Her former husband’s family
members are now insisting that Mr
Okechukwu should provide their
daughter alive and this has
compounded the problem,” he said.
Hundreds of sympathisers were seen
trooping in and out of the compound,
including her school mates who were
visibly shocked by her sudden death.
The Ebonyi State Police Command
Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris
Anyanwu, confirmed the incident,
saying that the matter was reported to
the Police Division in Ikwo.

“We have commenced investigation
into the girl’s death to ascertain why
she should engage in such act.“We
can’t confirm that she committed
suicide because one can be killed and
hanged by his or her killer, to claim
that the person committed suicide.“We
assure her family, members of the
community and the whole state that we
would get to the root of this matter,’’
he said.
The girl’s body has been deposited at
the Onueke General Hospital Mortuary
in the Ezza South Local Government
Area for autopsy.
May her soul RIP.

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