Magistrate Orders Akwa Ibom Man ‘Deported’ For Attempting Suicide


Mrs. Munisiratu B. Folami of Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, southwest Nigeria,  has ordered the police to immediately ‘deport’ a 30-year old indigene of Akwa Ibom  State, Steven Ikwong, who attempted to commit suicide inside a church in Lagos.

The magistrate gave the order after Ekwong admitted before the court that he  actually wanted to commit suicide because he was frustrated. He pleaded with the  court not to sentence him to jail, saying he would not attempt to commit suicide  again.

He was charged to the court for allegedly attempting to commit suicide at the  Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun, Lagos. He was caught with a knife with  which he wanted to stab himself.

He had gone to the church to solicit for financial assistance from Prophet T. B.  Joshua, but he could not get his attention.

Testifying before the court, Ekwong said he lost his mother and there was no money  to bury her and his people could not assist him.

“When I got to the church, I could not get the attention of T. B. Joshua because the  security around him was tight. So, I decided to commit suicide,” he stated.

Frustrated Ekwong took a knife and some acid to kill himself before the security men  apprehended and handed him over to the police.

When the charge was read to him, he pleaded guilty and passionately pleaded for  leniency.

The court found him guilty as charged and granted his prayer, but the court ordered  the police to send him back to his home town at Akwa Ibom.

Mrs. Folami said substantial amount should be raised for his journey and the court  raised N2,500 for him.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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