23rd May, 2012
A housewife, Mrs. Tina Eku-Joshua, on Tuesday stabbed herself to death at Sabon-Pegi area of Shabu, Lafia-North Development Area, in Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lafia reports that sympathisers gathered at the compound of the deceased to commiserate with the family even as they wondered what could have led her to take her life.
Speaking on the incident, the sister to the deceased’s husband, Akimi Yamusa, said that late Eku was sound and healthy before she committed the suicide.
She said that the deceased locked herself in the bathroom before using the knife to stab herself in her stomach.
“When I entered the compound, she was not at home. I asked her husband who said she had gone out. Shortly after she returned and we greeted and she told us that she wanted to take her bath, ” she said.
She further said that the deceased secretly went to the bathroom with a knife and used it to stab herself on the stomach.
The junior sister to the deceased, who only gave her name as Abigail, said she was sleeping when Yamusa woke her up, crying and asked her to come and see her sister.
“On reaching the bathroom, I saw my sister lying down with knife inside her stomach. Parts of her intestines were out in a pool of blood,” she said.
“My sister got married to her husband just last month on April 12, I wonder what should be behind this kind of devilish acts,” she said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Cornelious Ocholi, who confirmed the incident, urged the public not to allow their predicaments to weigh them down.
“We should be contented with what God gives us as well as be patient,” he said.
Ocholi also cautioned the public not to take the laws in to their hands, describing the death of the woman as “sad and unfortunate.”
The PPRO said that no arrest had been made, but that some men had been drafted to the area to find out why she killed herself.
Efforts by NAN to speak with the husband of the deceased proved abortive as he declined to comment on the issue.