45-year-old Mom of five children takes own life in Ebonyi.


A 45-year-old woman identified as Ifeoma Otubo had reportedly committed suicide by hanging.
The incident occurred in  Okposi Umuoghara, in Ezza North local government Area of Ebonyi State.
The woman was found hanging on a mango tree behind her house in the early hours of Sunday, 20th December 2020.

Christopher Oyibo, the deceased relative who confirmed the incident, said she had attempted suicide in 2014, because of the same hardship but was rescued on time.
The deceased was said to have left her 5 children behind.
Before the incident, she has bemoaned how difficult it has been for her to take care of the 5 children without external help.

 “The deceased and family were displaced due to the Ezza/Eziulo lingering communal crisis in Ishielu local government area of the state which contributed to the hardship”, a source testified.
“She was among the people displaced by Ezza/Eziulo war. She returned to her father’s house having been displaced by the communal war together with the husband and children but since that time, life has not been easy for the family. About five years ago she attempted suicide but was stopped by people who saw her,” the source said. 

“But this time around, the husband said he entered his room because they were given two rooms by the wife’s family, so he entered his room while she the deceased entered into her room with the children. Very early in the morning when the children woke up to ease themselves, they saw their mother hanging on the mango tree behind their house”.

“It was said that the diseased during her first suicide attempt gave hardship as reason because before the war they were living well and had a personal business shop she was managing but when they relocated to the fathers’ house at Umuoghara they became small farmers and life became hard.” the source added.

The State Police Command spokesman, Loveth Odah,  confirmed the report and narrated the incident as unfortunate and conveyed the CP’s and commiserated with the deceased family.

Odah begged the IDPs not to lose hope emphasizing that the government is working hard to resettle them and place them well as to lessen their sufferings.

She said:
  “The Ezza/Eziulo crisis has defied many peace processes but the state government is working to resettle the IDPs”.

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