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    Thursday, 24 September 2015

    Poverty in action: Man, (48), allegedly commits suicide on Eid-El-Kabir day in Abuja

     For not having the money to buy a ram to celebrate the eid-el-kabir festivity, a 48-year-old man, on Thursday committed suicide in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Reports have it that the man, Abdulrazak Wasiu was alleged to have killed himself, as members of his family woke up from sleep to behold their breadwinner hanging at their resident at Gado-Nasko, Kubwa, Abuja.

     Rekiya Wasiu, wife of the deceased was reportedly alerted by her four year old son at about 7 am.

    The words of the wife: “I slept in the children’s room last night because my first child was ill and it was too late to take her to the hospital, since we all believed she would get better after some self-medications.

    “I told my husband to go to bed that I will join him, only for me to have slept off in the children’s room.

    “Earlier yesterday, my husband had complained bitterly that we may not be able to celebrate the ‘Ileya’ in a grand style as we intended. I told him all will be well, that a miracle could happen before morning. All through yesterday, he was moody.”

    “A neighbour called me at about 5 p.m yesterday to say he saw my husband at abattoir. He said my husband was probably negotiating to buy one. He said he later saw him sitting on the floor with his hand on his chin.

    I called my husband to please come back home but he said if he didn’t buy the biggest ram, he would rather kill himself. I thought it was just a joke. He however, came home much later empty handed and we laughed over everything,” she added.

    The divisional police officer of Kubwa police command, chief superintendent Nurudeen Sabo confirmed the incident.


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