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10-year-old boy commits suicide in Delta State



There was an uproar in Ujevwu, in the Udu council area of Delta State, after a 10-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide.
 
The boy, identified only as Emmanuel, allegedly took his own life on Friday after returning from school with his younger sister for no reason at all. 
 
According to Punch, the boy attempted suicide at the age of eight, but was unsuccessful.

Emmanuel, who had been living with his father, identified as Mr Raphael, and his stepmother, a money lender, hanged himself with a wrapper tied to an iron bar along the corridor of their bungalow.
 
A source told the publication that the incident happened after Emmanuel woke up from sleep.

Emmanuel woke up from sleep and started laughing. Suddenly, he went inside the room to get a wrapper, which he tied to the iron bar, while climbing a chair. He tied his neck and kicked the chair off his feet.
“The sister made effort to save him by trying to untie the wrapper, while holding him up, but she was overwhelmed. That was when she shouted for help until neighbours came to his rescue.
 
A source said the deceased, had attempted to commit suicide while living with his grandmother in the village about two years ago. He survived due to the prompt intervention of his grandmother, who was around at the time.
 
A neighbour, quoting an account of Emmanuel’s younger sister, said the late Emmanuel spoke aloud from sleep, saying, “Someone must die today.” However, efforts to save the boy proved abortive as he gave up the ghost on the way to a hospital.
 

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