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Shocking 13-yr-old boy commits suicide by hanging in Benue

A 13-year-old boy has allegedly committed suicide in Benue State after his mother cautioned him on being a good child.

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This young boy, Aounduver Terunm allegedly committed suicide by hanging play

This young boy, Aounduver Terunm allegedly committed suicide by hanging


A 13-year-old boy, Aounduver Terunm, has sent his parents into mourning after he allegedly committed suicide by hanging in Makurdi, Benue State.

Vanguard reports that the boy, a Junior Secondary School (JSS 2) student of Lady Celina Academy, Makurdi, was found hanging inside his parents’ poultry pen at their residence located behind the Federal Pay Office, Nyima in Makurdi town.

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Narrating the unfortunate incident to Vanguard, the mother of the deceased, Mrs. Veronica Terunm who wept profusely while speaking, said she was still in shock and could not comprehend what led her son to commit suicide.

“I cannot just understand what really happened, I must confess. He was just a small boy. I advised him on Sunday afternoon on the need for him to be a good boy in the family and a few hours later, I found him hanging and dead in our chicken pen.

That afternoon he was playing football with his mates outside and at about 7 pm we started looking for him after his mates had all gone home.

After searching the entire neighbourhood for him, my instinct directed me to the pen where I found him hanging lifelessly. I couldn’t understandable it. I screamed and called his father who was not within at the time.

My husband came and was speechless and shocked. We immediately called the police who came and observed the situation and after examining his remains, they expressed shock that he did not stool or urine on his body as expected in such deaths.

Moreover, he was hung with a piece of rag which obviously couldn’t have carried his body weight and his legs were on the ground.

That has left us even more confused, however, we are not suspecting anybody in this matter but we are allowing the police do their investigation,” Mrs. Terunm said.

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Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu said the matter is being investigated, assuring that the police will do everything possible to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the boy's death.

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