30 Oct Nigeria: 14-yr-old boy commits suicide in Calabar
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Residents of Econdo Street in Calabar are agitated and asking questions as to how a 14-year-old boy was able to commit suicide by using shoelaces as laces.
The boy named Donald, who lived with his grandmother at 49 Econdo Street, Calabar South, is said to have committed suicide by wrapping a shoe tree around his neck on Saturday afternoon.
One of his friends, Mr. Eyo, told Vanguard that on Saturday morning, after finishing his morning errands, the boy bought cassava flour, locally known as fufu, which caused the boy to be seen and heard. He said it was the last time he had done so.
“After I bought Fufu, I didn’t hear from anyone until about noon. At that time, my grandmother called a carpenter to help him get the boy down, who was leaning against the wall with a rope around his neck.
The carpenter asked what happened, but the woman did not say anything specific, so the carpenter ran off the premises to raise the alarm.
“No one heard a sound from inside the compound until the carpenter came out and sounded the alarm and we were all inside. There was no table or object to climb on, and the string around his neck was just a shoelace,” Donald said.
He said police from Atakpa police station came to take stock of the situation and returned later.
“The police did not touch the boy, and other people who were called to pick him up did not touch the body. The woman was asked to pick up the boy, but she refused.”
Street another resident said. He was at a loss because the boy could have committed suicide with his shoelaces.
“It’s impossible for a boy to tie this little rope around his neck to commit suicide without cutting his shoelaces.”
Ever since the boy died, he has been having nightmares, and the boy appears in his dreams. said.
“We were very close, but ever since I saw him leaning against the wall with a rope around his neck on a Saturday afternoon, I saw him every time I went to bed and he was just like… All this is happening because of the boy. Orphan. Both his father and mother are dead. ”
When Vanguard visited 49 Econdo Street, the gate was locked and neighbors said the residents had gone to church.
“She went to church and won’t be back until late in the evening,” said Elizabeth Edet, a nearby store owner.
Cross River Police Command Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Ugbo, said she was yet to be informed of the incident. “If the incident had happened on Saturday, we would have known the details during Monday’s meeting,” she said on her phone number.