Categories: Headlines

Family In Grief As 13-Year-Old Girl Hangs Self In Edo


A thirteen-year-old girl Precious Iwezoa has allegedly hanged herself in Benin City, Edo State, throwing her family into mourning.

A neighbour found Precious  – who lived with her grandmother at No. 6 Osagie Street, Off Lucky Way Road, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area – dead in their compound on Saturday and immediately alerted her family about the incident.

“Around 12, that was when I entered the house after church service. Immediately I opened the gate, I sighted her dead body and the rope. I did not know what exactly happened,” the neighbor, Peace Uwadia explained.

“I was shocked and immediately raised the alarm to alert the grandmother because I knew she would be the only one in the house.”

Precious had been living with her paternal grandmother since she was a baby.

She and her grandmother started living with the aunt in Benin City in 2017.

Janet Ohioma – the grandmother narrated that Precious had earlier helped her to heat her food and later sat in the living room watching the television.

When Uwadia raised the alarm, Mrs Ohioma did not expect to see a lifeless Precious.

“I thought Precious had run away from home as she had done before but was found by a neighbor. When I got to where Precious was, I fell,” the devastated woman told Channels Television.

READ ALSO: Former US Olympics Coach Dies By Suicide After Sexual Assault Charges

‘No Foul Play’

The late Precious’ death is being investigated.


Officers from the Edo State Police Command who visited the scene assured that the incident will be investigated but ruled out foul play.

“The police has removed the body and deposited for preservation at our clinic at Ikpoba Hill while investigation is on to unravel the cause of her hanging herself,” police spokesman Edo State Command, Bello Kontongs, said of Precious who lost her mother at two.

“It is sad for me reporting that a thirteen-year-old who has not even started life, is hanging herself for reasons only known to her because there was no suicide note and observing the body, for now, I can say there was no foul play. She actually hanged herself.”

READ ALSO: Nigerian Correctional Service Cadet Dies By Suicide In Kaduna

A Borderless Crisis

UNICEF is worried about the rising rates of suicides among young people.


UNICEF and the World Health Organization had in 2019 raised concerns over the rising rates of self-harm, suicide and anxiety among children and young people across the globe.

The agencies said suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-19-year-olds worldwide. Around 15 per cent of adolescents in low-and middle-income countries have considered suicide, they added.

“Too many children and young people, rich and poor alike, in all four corners of the world, are experiencing mental health conditions,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “This looming crisis has no borders or boundaries.

“With half of mental disorders starting before age 14, we need urgent and innovative strategies to prevent, detect and, if needed, treat them at an early age.”


Emmanuel Egobiambu

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Emmanuel Egobiambu
Tags: Benin City Precious Iwezoa Suicide

Recent Posts

  • Crime Watch

43 Drug Dealers, Users Arrested In Ondo, Nasarawa, Benue Raids

  Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested no fewer than 43 dealers and consumers of…

4 mins ago
  • Headlines

UPDATED: Court Orders Shell To Pay Ogoni People N45.9bn Fine In 21 Days

  A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Shell Petroleum Company to pay the sum of N45.9 billion…

2 hours ago
  • Headlines

FG To Lift Twitter Suspension In A Matter Of Days, Says Lai Mohammed

   The Federal Government has said it will lift its ban on Twitter, in a matter of days. Minister…

3 hours ago
  • Business

World Bank Names Nigeria Among Nations With High Debt Risk

The World Bank has listed Nigeria and nine other countries as nations with high-debt risk exposure. 

3 hours ago
  • Crime Watch

Gunmen Kidnap Former Councillor’s Wife, Baby In Zamfara

Gunmen have kidnapped the wife of a former councillor Hassana Saudaki and her eight-month-old baby in Zamfara State.

4 hours ago
  • World News

US Senate Approves $3.5 Trillion Budget Blueprint

  The US Senate early Wednesday approved a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that would greatly expand social spending with major…

4 hours ago