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Girl, 8, commits suicide in Enugu

Chiemerie Asadu, an eight-year-old girl,  has allegedly committed suicide at the Ofulonu, Nsukka area of Enugu State.
When our correspondent visited the area on Tuesday, no one could give  any reason behind the alleged suicide, but a witness said the incident happened on Monday night.

Relatives of the deceased, who spoke in hush tones, wondered why she took her life, considering her age.

A resident, who pleaded anonymity, said the girl was full of life in the morning of the fateful day.

She said, “I am terribly surprised because I saw that girl playing with other children when I was going to the market in the morning.

“I wonder what will make a girl of eight to commit suicide. Another thing that surprise me is that the two legs of the victim were touching the ground, which is not normal when one commits suicide; the legs should be up.

“I urge the police and relevant security agencies to investigate that alleged suicide. Even the rope on the neck of the victim is not strong enough to kill her.”

A relative of the deceased, Mr. David Ajibo, said that the victim was the daughter of his brother in-law, and was living with him.

“This girl has been staying with us since her father died. I am shocked. I don’t know what to say. Only God knows what happened.

“She was hale and hearty when I left the house in the morning and I wonder what will make a small girl of eight to commit suicide,” Mr. Ajibo said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident.

He said, “The police have commenced investigations into the sudden and unnatural death that occurred last Monday at about 3.20pm, at Ofulonu Nsukka, where a little girl of about eight years hanged herself to death in the bathroom.

“The corpse of the deceased is now at Bishop Shanahan Mortuary, Nsukka.”

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