Boy, 17, Commits Suicide

Hanging of a prisoner

Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni

A 17- year old boy identified simply as Efe, from Delta State, reportedly committed suicide Tuesday morning in Lagos, western Nigeria.

The deceased resided at 10, Erukan Street, Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos, where the incident took place.

According to an eye witness, Efe used his mother’s scarf to tie himself to a ceiling fan.

The source also told P.M.NEWS that he instructed his younger sister who is about 5 years old to lock him in the room before he hanged himself.

When P.M.NEWS visited the scene of the incident, sympathisers were seen consoling the deceased’s mother, while his corpse was still dangling from the ceiling as at 2:04pm.

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Our correspondent gathered that the suicide happened at about 9 a.m.

A source close to the family said the incident was too mysterious to comprehend as the boy had earlier in the day helped his mother who sells food items in Mile 12 market.

“He was the one who helped his mother to open the shop this morning (Tuesday). He said he was dirty and needed to take his bath. His mother told him to use the public bathroom in the Mile 12 market but he insisted on going to the house, only to come and do this to himself,” the woman said.

Another source said the reason his corpse was not brought down was because it was a taboo and that only traditional leaders could bring it down after performing the necessary rituals.

Members of African traditional religion practicing in Mile 12, later removed the corpse.