A 50-year-old man, Ibrahim Abubakar was found to have committed suicide on Wednesday in his shop located at Zoo Road, Kano State, Northwest Nigeria.
The lifeless body of Ibrahim whose nickname is Iro was found dangling in his shop when police broke the door.
He, however, did not leave any suicide note, though a neighbour who did not give his name said Iro who was an auto spare parts dealer collected a rope from him.
“Iro collected rope from my shop and went away. I didn’t have the knowledge he wanted to commit suicide.”
It was further gathered that he had sent his son on an errand in order to be able to commit the suicide.
After the errand, the son found the door locked which made him and others be suspicious to alert the police, another neighbour said.
He said that the deceased attended the 4:00 pm Asr prayer observed by Islamic faithful around the area.
Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, Kano State Police Command Spokesperson who confirmed the incident, said the deceased was rushed to Murtala Specialists Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
In 2019, Nigeria was ranked ahead of Ethiopia and South Africa, as having the highest suicidal rate among African countries in 2016 with over 17,000 lives lost to suicide.
According to a World Health Organisation (WHO), report that estimated the cases of suicide globally, 17,710 cases of suicide were recorded in 2016 at all ages in Nigeria.
It was followed by Ethiopia and South Africa with 7,323 and 6,476 cases respectively.
The report “suicide in the World: Global Health Estimates,” revealed that across the world one person takes their life every 40 seconds.
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