Vanguard (Lagos)

25 January 2013

Nigeria: Bauchi - Gory Sight of Suspected Suicide Victim Sends Tongues Wagging

For Residents of Wuntidada, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis, January 20, 2013 will not be forgetten in a hurry. This was the day they woke up to discover the lifeless body of a middle- aged man who is suspected to have taken his own life by hanging on a tree.

Vanguard Metro learnt from some residents of the area that the body of the young man was discovered during the early hours of the day when most of the residents had woken up and were settling down for the day's business..

Although, the identity of the suicide victim could not be immediately ascertained, one question that was on the lips of everyone that beheld the strange sight was, "what must have prompted such a promising young man to take his life when he has so much to live for?"

Vanguard Metro gathered that an old bible and three separate pictures of the deceased being baptized in water by a clergyman on September 1, 2012, were found very close to the lifeless body.

A closer look at the picture taken during the immersion baptism, shows people at the background taking pictures of the ceremony while the deceased who wore a pair of jeans and polo T shirt, looked hale and hearty.

A resident of Wunti dada who pleaded anonymity, narrated how he came across the body of the suspected suicide victim.

According to him, he woke up early in the morning to honour an important appointment in town when he saw a strange man hanging on a tree. He explained that although he was scared to go near the place, he later summoned courage to move nearer to get a better view of the gory sight."

It was around 7am when I decided to go to town to honour a very important appointment. On my way , along Bauchi- Jos highway, I saw something that attracted my attention. I noticed a man tied with a rope on his neck on a tree. From the look of things, it was evident that he wasn't alive.

My fears were confirmed when I got closer to discover that the young man was already dead. Other people who were passing by, also stopped to take a look at the lifeless body. Commuters plying the highway also stopped to take a look at the gory sight," he said.

The source who was evidently distressed by the incident, noted that no matter the hardship and negative circumstances the young man found himself in, taking his life was unjustifiable.

Another resident of the area who gave his name as Yakubu Sani said that he was not convinced that the young man killed himself.

"I am not convinced that this man committed suicide because if you observe very well, his legs are touching the ground and from what I know of suicide victims, their legs are always suspended in the air. So is it that this one is touching the ground.

Again, there is no sign on his neck to show that it was the rope that strangulated him; there is no foam in his mouth. He still looks hale and hearty. I don't believe this is suicide, there is something fishy about this incident," he said.

Yakubu called for a intensive investigation into the alleged suicide case and urged people to be security conscious.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abbas Abdullahi said the Police has commenced investigations into the incident. He gave the name of the young man as James Ishaku, 25 from Alkaleri Local Government area of Bauchi State.

" When the Federal Highway Patrol Team first saw the corpse dangling on top of the tree along Wuntin Dada quarters along Bauchi - Jos Road, they reported the matter to GRA Police station which sent policemen to remove the corpse and deposit it at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi," DSP Abbas said .

The Police PPRO said that the Police are yet to ascertain the reason why the deceased decided to hang himself, adding that investigations are still ongoing and whosoever is found guilty will be prosecuted.

VM learnt that the policeis now using the deceased's handset to answer his calls so as to inform those who know him to come to the GRA police station.

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