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Reactions trail recent cases of suicide in Nigeria

Suicide is an act condemnable not only by God but by man and the law of the land.

In recent times, there have been cases of report on individuals, irrespective of their social status resorting to committing suicide, by hanging themselves in the country.

Most recent was that of senior officer of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ondo State who was allegedly found hanging in his office. This act that many describe as unthinkable has been strongly condemned by a cross section of people in Benin, who include religious bigwigs and legal practitioners.

Some respondents while condemning the evil act, listed factors like frustration, economic and societal problems, psychiatric and spiritual issues as some reasons that could lead a right thinking individual to resort to committing suicide.

A clergyman, Bishop Akpore and the Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Mallam Abdulfatai Enabulele Speak on the spiritual implications of committing suicide.

On the legal implications, some legal practitioners said attempted suicide is a punishable offence in the eye of the law, which attaches a penalty of as long as one year imprisonment.

According to them, anyone who aids or counsels an individual to commit suicide is a felony and the punishment according to the criminal code is life imprisonment. They added that those already dead cannot be judged by the law but by God.

Despite the respondent’s views, most people are still at sea on the rationale behind some persons taking their own lives.

Reported by: Sharon Ajayi

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