8th November, 2010
The police in Lagos have begun investigation into the death of a 17 year-old girlÂ alleged to have committed suicide, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Police Spokesman, Frank Mba, told NAN on Sunday that a 300-level Law student of theÂ University of Lagos, said to be the victimâ€™s boyfriend, had been detained inÂ connection with the case.
Mba, however, said that the detention of the 21-year-old student did not suggestÂ that he was responsible for the death.
He stressed that at the end of investigation, the police would release the studentÂ “if he is not found wanting.â€™â€™
For now, Mba said the police were investigating a case of suicide, which he saidÂ occurred on Thursday at Kalejaye Street, Shasha, Lagos, at about 8.15 p.m.
“The victim locked herself inside a room and hung herself with a wire tied to theÂ room ceiling fan.
“When policemen visited the scene and they met her dangling naked body. No suicideÂ note was found,â€ Mba said.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was an orphan,Â adding that she might have hung herself over a love affair with her boyfriend.
Mba said that the body had been deposited at the public mortuary for autopsy.
He added that the police in Shasha, which carried out the preliminaryÂ investigations, had been ordered to transfer the case to the State CID, Panti, forÂ further investigation.