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    Suicide rates on the increase amongst Nigerian youths

    A 22-year-old man simply identified as Sarafa Ayuba, has committed suicide beside his uncle’s house at Amuloko area of Ona Ara Local Government part of Oyo State on Friday, September 25.

    An uncle of the deceased, Kazeem Tijani, recounted how Ayuba was declared missing and his body was recovered.

    “Ayuba got the motorcycle on hire purchase basis and he was paying the instalments adequately. He was my brother’s son.

    He was not indebted to anyone and he was not starving at all. He was not married. He has been living with me for the past two to three years. He was working with me before he got Okada.” he said

    Mr. Oluwatosin James, who is the Chairman of the Association of Commercial Bike Riders in Amuloko area, said they are shocked that Ayuba could take his own life.

    “The news of Ayuba’s death came to us as a rude shock. It is this morning that we heard of the news at the Park. He was very reticent and would not fight anybody.

    Once he did his okada business in the morning, he would go and park and go to his uncle’s shop to assist him. Out of N390,000 that he got the Okada on instalment basis, Ayuba has almost paid up the money, because the money remains just N77,000 to balance the payment.

    There was no issue of threat to him from the person who gave him the okada. In fact, the person is like a brother to him. So, we are confused over this sad incident” James said

    22-year-old Okada rider commits suicide in Oyo

    Similarly, another tragedy struck in Bashua community, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State as a man allegedly killed his wife and then committed suicide over her alleged infidelity.

    Graphic: Akwa Ibom man commits suicide after killing his wife over alleged infidelity

    According to Martmercy Busaosowo, the man, said to hail from neighbouring Akwa Ibom State murdered his wife in the early hours of Monday, September 28, after he heard that she had been sleeping around with other men.

    His body was later found dangling from a tree in the bush by members of the community. The names of the couple are yet to be disclosed.

    Graphic: Akwa Ibom man commits suicide after killing his wife over alleged infidelity
    Graphic: Akwa Ibom man commits suicide after killing his wife over alleged infidelity
    Graphic: Akwa Ibom man commits suicide after killing his wife over alleged infidelity
    Graphic: Akwa Ibom man commits suicide after killing his wife over alleged infidelity
    Graphic: Akwa Ibom man commits suicide after killing his wife over alleged infidelity

    Source: Francisca C.

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