Mrs Ifeoma Otubo, a 45-year-old, woman, has reportedly committed suicide in Ebonyi State. She hung herself on a mango tree behind her house at Okposi village, Umuoghara community, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state last Sunday
Her brother, Christopher Oyibo, explained Ifeoma, mother of five, had initially attempted suicide in 2014 because of hardship, but luck came her way as she was rescued by those who saw her.
Sources noted that Ifeoma had reportedly lamented that the hard times did not allow her take good care of her children, before she took her life Sunday. Her first child, said to be 25 years old, is jobless.
The deceased and her family, based on findings, were internally displaced persons, in consequence of the protracted Ezza/Eziulo communal war in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
The source stated: “She was among the people displaced as a result of the Ezza/Eziulo communal war. She returned to her father’s house together with the husband and children, but since that time, life has not been easy on them.
“About five years ago, she attempted suicide, but was stopped by people who saw her.
“But this time, her husband said he entered his room because they were given two rooms by the wife’s family; so, he entered his room, while the deceased entered her room with the children.
“So, 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 the reason because before the war, they were living well and had she had a shop she was managing, but when they relocated to her fathers’ house at Umuoghara, they became small farmers and life became hard," he said.
Confirming the incident, Ebonyi State Police Command urged the IDPs not to lose hope as the government was working hard to resettle and give them a better living standard.
Spokeperson of the command, Mrs Loveth Odah, who described the incident as unfortunate, conveyed the State Police Commissioner's condolences, noting efforts to resolve the the Ezza/Eziulo issue had yielded no result.