Man Saved From Jumping Into Lagos Lagoon Over N500,000 Debt

This picture released by the police on August 2, 2020, shows a man rescued by security operatives from jumping into the lagoon in Lagos.

 

A father of two children, Adeyinka Abiodun, has been rescued from committing suicide over a debt of N500,000.

Abiodun who resides in the Ikotun area of Lagos State had embarked on a mission to take his own life by jumping into the lagoon.

He, however, failed in the bid as he was promptly intercepted by police operatives deployed in the Third Mainland Bridge.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

He revealed that the suicide attempt was thwarted by the security operatives at about 1:50pm on Friday last week while the victim was rescued and taken to the Police Station in Bariga for questioning and debriefing.

 

Hope For Second Chance

According to Elkana, Abiodun narrated that he procured a loan of N390,000 in March with monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island.

He was said to have collected the loan with intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money was lost.

When contacted by the police, the microfinance bank confirmed that the man collected the loan.

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Abiodun’s hope for a second chance later came into realisation when the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was moved with compassion came to his rescue by repaying the loan.

Elkana noted that the latest incident was the eighth suicide attempt successfully foiled by the police in Lagos in the last two months.

Worried by the rate at which people kill themselves, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, urged residents to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to committing suicide.

He stressed that taking their own life was never an option and called on well-meaning individuals to always reach out to the needy and less privileged persons around them.

“Together we can stop suicide,” the commissioner said.

Abiodun, according to Elkana, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

As of the time of this report, he is attending medical and counselling sessions.

Late K-Pop Star’s Ex Jailed For Sex Video Blackmail

K-pop star Goo Hara's portrait at a memorial altar at a hospital in Seoul. AFP
K-pop star Goo Hara’s portrait at a memorial altar at a hospital in Seoul. AFP

 

 

The ex-boyfriend of late K-pop star Goo Hara was jailed by an appeal court Thursday for blackmailing her over sex videos that played a part in her apparent suicide.

In 2018, Goo — a member of former girl group Kara — told local media that her ex had threatened “to end her entertainment career” by leaking their sex videos.

A CCTV clip of the couple showed the singer kneeling before him seemingly begging him not to.

Goo was found dead at her home in November, and is widely believed to have taken her own life after being targeted by abusive online comments following the reports about the videos.

The man, hairdresser Choi Jong-bum, was last year convicted of multiple crimes including blackmail and inflicting injuries, and was given a suspended jail term.

Both he and the prosecution appealed, and the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday ordered a heavier sentence, jailing him for a year.

His blackmail over the footage had “seriously damaged” the late star’s reputation, it said, and had left her with “irreversible trauma”.

Choi “was well aware that the degree of damage would be very serious if the sex videos were leaked, given that the victim was a famous celebrity”, the court said in a statement.

But the court concluded there was “not sufficient evidence” that she did not consent to be filmed.

In conservative South Korea, women who appear in such videos often feel shame — despite being the victims — and face ostracism and social isolation if the images become public.

The star’s death once again turned the spotlight on the country’s epidemic of spycam crimes and “revenge porn” — private sex videos made with or without consent but shared without permission by disgruntled former partners — which have prompted tens of thousands of women to demonstrate against them in the streets of Seoul in recent years.

Goo’s fans gave a mixed reaction to Thursday’s ruling, some saying penalties were still too lenient.

“I hope today’s ruling can be a source of comfort to her in heaven,” one wrote.

Goo focused on her solo career after Kara broke up in 2016 and completed a tour of Japan with her latest release shortly before her death in November.

About six months earlier, she had apologised to fans after being hospitalised following a suspected suicide attempt, saying she had been “in agony over a number of issues”.

Her Instagram account had long been flooded with hateful comments about her appearance and her history with Choi.

Goo’s death came a month after Sulli — another K-pop star and a close friend of hers — took her own life after a long struggle with online bullying.

 

 

 

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35-Year-Old Man Rescued From Committing Suicide In Ogun River

Ogun traffic official rescues a 35-year-old man from committing suicide in the state on June 24, 2020.

 

A 35-year-old man, Fatai Oyedele, has been reported rescued by officers of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps after an attempted suicide at a river in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

This was confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Akinbiyi explained that Oyedele, a father of five children resides around Tourist Estate in Obere community, Atan in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

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“Oyedele, a 35-year-old cloth seller with five children, attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the Ogun river around 1:15 am at Akin Olugbade area of Abeokuta in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

“It was discovered that the victim was also holding a sniper in his hand. Our prompt intervention at the scene with the help of some civilians prevented what would have been an eventual suicide,” he stated.

The spokesman, however, said the man was later taken to Adigbe police station in Abeokuta for further investigation.

UNN Student Scolded By Parents Attempts To Commit Suicide

 

A student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu has been prevented from committing suicide in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement over the weekend.

Twenty-one-year-old Obasi Chuckuemeka was said to have been scolded by his parents before the incident which occurred on Tuesday last week.

According to Elkana, the victim tied a rope in a loop around their living room ceiling fan in preparation for committing suicide.

But he failed in the suicide quest as an officer of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Security Corps quickly alerted the Ejigbo Police Station.

Policemen attached to the station rushed to the scene and were able to prevent Chuckuemeka from killing himself.

He was, thereafter, rescued and taken to a hospital for medical examination while the police said they were investigating the incident.

Man Climbs Mast To Commit Suicide, Seeks TB Joshua’s Intervention

 

A yet to be identified man has threatened to commit suicide by climbing a telecommunications mast.

The incident occurred on Friday in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital in the north-eastern part of the country.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was seen approaching the mast with chains around his waist without knowing that he had the intention of climbing the mast.

Speaking to Channels Television, two persons – Mohammed Aminu and Suleiman Musa – explained that they suddenly discovered that the man was already at the peak of the mast.

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The victim.

 

 

They added that he started shouting and throwing down papers with a short message entitled ‘To Whom It May Concern’.

“I did not know when he climbed the mast; I’m the guardsman here,” said Aminu who added, “This is the first of its kind.”

“He was throwing down some papers which were picked by some persons,” the guardsman narrated.

The man, however, made a demand that he would only terminate the suicide mission if the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, intervened in his case.

A file photo of Prophet T.B. Joshua.

 

 

The inscription on one of the papers read, ”People of God, I need your prayer for my safety. As Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree to see Jesus Christ out of the crowd, fortunately, he got his salvation from God.

“After so many revelations about SCOAN, I am not coming down from this place until prophet T.B. Joshua asks me to come down. This is my last hope even if it is the last thing that I will achieve in life, so be it.

“Please and please prophet of God, help and deliver me for God’s sake.”

Meanwhile, security operatives have arrived at the scene in an attempt to bring the man down in the dark without any iota of light.

This strategy, according to the team, is to avoid suspicion by the victim and prevent him from jumping off the mast.

Suicide Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death Among 15-19-Year-Olds Worldwide

 

With the alarmingly high rates of self-harm, suicide and anxiety among children and young people around the world, UNICEF and the World Health Organization are teaming up with some of the world’s leading minds to tackle this growing threat.

“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.”

In a joint push to put child and adolescent mental disorders higher up on the global health agenda, UNICEF and WHO will co-host their first ever conference on the topic in Florence, Italy, 7-9 November.

The conference is part of Leading Minds, UNICEF’s new annual global conference series to highlight major issues affecting children and young people in the 21st century.

Part of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the conference will lead to recommendations for decisive action informed by scholars, scientists, governments, philanthropists, business, civil society and young people themselves.

According to the latest data:

Up to 20 per cent of adolescents globally experience mental disorders.
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.

The cost of mental disorders is not only personal; it is also societal and economic. And yet, child and adolescent mental health has often been overlooked in global and national health programming.

“Too few children have access to programmes that teach them how to manage difficult emotions,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “Very few children with mental health conditions have access to the services they need. This must change.”

Leading Minds 2019 will look at the resources, partnerships, services, political commitment and public support needed to promote the mental health of children and young people.

The conference will examine the rationale and the results from the state of the science and practice including the latest evidence on brain health in the earliest years of life, through early and middle childhood and adolescence.

It will consider gaps in data that need to be addressed as well as programmes that have been successful. It will also interrogate the overall prevalence of mental ill health across ages and geographies, causes and contributing factors, and programmes for preventing and treating disorders and promoting healthy minds.

With One Suicide Every 40 Seconds, WHO Urges Action

 

Nearly 800,000 people commit suicide each year – more than those killed by war and homicide or breast cancer, the World Health Organization said Monday, urging action to avert the tragedies.

In a fresh report, the UN health agency said that the global suicide rate had fallen somewhat between 2010 and 2016, but the number of deaths has remained stable because of a growing global population.

“Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, insisting that “every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues.”

The global suicide rate in 2016 – the last year for which data was available – stood at 10.5 per 100,000 people.

But rates varied widely, with suicides in some countries as low as five per 100,000, while Guyana, which topped the scales, registered a rate of over 30 per 100,000.

Overall, the global suicide rate fell by nearly 10 per cent from 2010 to 2016, with the western Pacific showing declines of nearly 20 per cent and Southeast Asia registering a decline of only 4.2 per cent.

The Americas meanwhile was the only region that showed an uptick in suicides, with a six per cent hike over the six-year period.

“We know that in the region of the Americas, access to firearms and guns is an important means of suicide,” Alexandra Fleischmann of WHO’s mental health division, told reporters in Geneva in answer to a question.

The overall decline is explained by the fact that a number of countries — 38 in total — have put in place suicide prevention strategies, WHO said, stressing however that many more countries must follow suit.

‘Preventable’

“Suicides are preventable,” Tedros said, calling “on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way.”

The most common methods of suicide are hanging, gunshots and — especially in rural areas – the ingestion of poisonous pesticides.

Most suicides happen in low- and middle-income countries, where most of the global population lives, but rates are higher in wealthier countries, the WHO report found.

After Guyana, Russia registered the world’s second-highest rate, with 26.5 suicides per 100,000 people.

Also figuring high on the list were Lithuania, Lesotho, Uganda, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India and Japan, as well as the United States, which registered 13.7 suicides per 100,000 people.

In almost every country, men are more likely than women to commit suicide.

Only in five countries — Bangladesh, China, Lesotho, Morocco, and Myanmar — do women commit suicide at a higher rate than men.

Young people are especially vulnerable: More than half of all those who commit suicide are under the age of 45.

And among 15-29-year-olds, suicide is, in fact, second only to road accidents as the leading cause of death.

The WHO said it was launching a one-month campaign starting on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, including the launch of a resource booklet for filmmakers.

‘Vulnerable’

It will warn of the dangers of graphic descriptions or depictions of suicide, which have been shown to trigger copycat suicides among people struggling with mental health issues.

In July, Netflix said it had removed a graphic suicide scene from the first season of hit show “13 Reasons Why”, following concern from mental health experts who feared it glorified suicide.

Two studies published in May found that suicides among US youths rose significantly in the months following the popular show’s release in 2017.

“The research has shown over many years… that there are people who imitate, who are vulnerable,” Fleischmann said.

The WHO report also said countries could make a significant dent in suicide numbers by limiting access to pesticides.

Pesticides are often so toxic that suicide attempts using them tend to succeed.

In Sri Lanka, regulations and bans on pesticides led to a 70 per cent fall in suicides between 1995 and 2015, resulting in 93,000 lives saved, the report said.

And in South Korea, a ban on the herbicide paraquat in 2011 and 2012 lead to the halving of suicides by pesticide poisoning between 2011 and 2013, it said.

Every 40 Seconds, Someone Dies By Suicide – WHO

A portrait of a patient at a mental health hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: UN

 

Speaking in Geneva ahead of World Suicide Prevention day, recognized on 10 September, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues,” yet many more suicides can be prevented.

Dr Ghebreyesus also stated that all countries should “incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way”.

Since WHO’s first report on the issue was filed in 2014, the number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased, and now stands at 38. However, this participation “is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them”, WHO said.

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WHO Facts and figures on suicide.

Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and for each death, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Every year, suicide accounts for more deaths than war and homicide combined, and is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29, behind road injury, the health agency reports.

Globally, 79 per cent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, however high-income countries have the highest rates of suicide. Incidents are three times higher among men than women in wealthier countries, while these rates are more equal in poorer nations.

Addressing causes, the link between suicide and mental health in well-established in high-income countries, however “many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis”, according to WHO.

“Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior” WHO outlines in its list of key facts. Vulnerable groups who experience discrimination show higher rates of suicide and “by far, the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”

The complex issue demands coordination across multiple sectors to boost prevention. Stigma surrounding mental disorders, lack of awareness of suicide as a major health problem, and a taboo in many societies to openly discussing it, means many people contemplating suicide are not getting adequate help.

WHO recommends better training of health workers and non-specialists alike in assessing and managing suicidal behavior in its guidelines for prevention, along with early treatment of mental health disorders, effective monitoring of alcohol and substance use, responsible reporting by the media, and reducing access to means of suicide.

20 per cent of global suicides down to pesticide poisoning
Pesticide poisoning, which the agency identifies as a less-commonly used but tragically “highly effective strategy”, accounts for 20 per cent of global suicides. Due to the high toxicity of many chemicals used in suicide attempts, this method often results in death.

Regulations of highly hazardous pesticides in Sri Lanka have cut suicides by 70 percent, saving an estimated 93,000 lives in a ten-year span, and halved suicide deaths from poisoning in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea between 2011 and 2013, WHO’s report shows.

WHO recognizes suicide as a “public health priority.” In 2008, the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) launched as an evidence-based guide to scale up service for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

WHO’s action plan for 2013-2020 sets a global target of reducing suicide rates by 10 per cent by 2020; in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which sets a target of cutting suicide rates by one third up to 2030.

On World Suicide Prevention Day this Tuesday, WHO in collaboration with global partners, will launch the 40 seconds of action campaign to raise awareness of suicide around the world and methods of prevention. Campaign efforts will continue throughout 10 October on World Mental health Day, with suicide prevention as this year’s theme.

Jeffrey Epstein Death Ruled As Suicide By Hanging – US Media

The wealthy US financier Jeffrey Epstein, indicted on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, committed suicide in prison, US news media reported on August 10, 2019. / AFP

 

An autopsy into Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison has concluded that the disgraced financier committed suicide by hanging, US media reported Friday.

The ruling, which was reported by The New York Times, comes six days after the 66-year-old, who was accused of trafficking girls as young as 14 for sex, was found dead in his cell.

‘We Need Answers’: Outcry Over Accused Sex Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

The wealthy US financier Jeffrey Epstein, indicted on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, committed suicide in prison, US news media reported on August 10, 2019. / AFP

 

United States financier Jeffrey Epstein, awaiting trial on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, was found dead in jail on Saturday of an apparent suicide, triggering outcry over how the high-profile detainee could die in custody.

The government and FBI immediately launched probes as politicians, law enforcement officials and alleged victims expressed shock that Epstein could take his own life when a recent reported suicide attempt meant he should have been under close watch.

Epstein, a convicted paedophile who befriended numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 am (1030 GMT) at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York from “an apparent suicide,” the US Department of Justice said.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

US Attorney General Bill Barr said he was “appalled” and instructed the Justice Department’s inspector general to probe the circumstances.

“Mr Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said.

The FBI is also investigating, the Justice Department said.

The New York Times and other media reported Epstein hanged himself. The city medical examiner’s office did not confirm the cause of death.

On July 23, the 66-year-old was found unconscious with marks on his neck. He was put on suicide watch for six days before being returned to his cell in a high-security part of the jail, the New York Times reported.

His death came one day after a New York court released a tranche of sealed legal documents, providing new details about what prosecutors allege was Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation.

Epstein last appeared in court on July 31 when a judge told him that his trial wouldn’t begin before next June.

‘We need answers’

The wealthy hedge fund manager had been charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

Epstein, who denied the charges, had faced up to 45 years in prison — effectively the rest of his life — if convicted.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal facility in Manhattan that often houses suspects awaiting or during trial, is considered one of the most secure penal establishments in the US.

Infamous Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman spent more than two years there as an inmate.

“We need answers. Lots of them,” tweeted New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who heads the Senate’s judiciary oversight committee, said the government had failed Epstein’s alleged victims “yet again.”

The two thousand pages of previously sealed court documents released Friday focused on testimony by a woman who claimed she was Epstein’s “sex slave.”

Virginia Giuffre, now an adult, claimed she was forced to have sex with well-known American political and business personalities. They have all denied the allegations.

‘No closure’

Prosecutors said Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.

They claimed that Epstein was “well aware that many of the victims were minors.”

The young women were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to massage him, perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls, prosecutors alleged.

Epstein allegedly had an army of recruiters, often not much older than their targets, who would approach vulnerable teens.

Epstein is also accused of paying off possible co-conspirators to “influence” them, US media have reported.

Epstein, whose friends included President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, was convicted previously of paying young girls for sexual massages at his Palm Beach mansion.

They have all denied knowing anything about his alleged crimes.

Trump on Saturday retweeted a conspiracy theory alleging, without evidence, that Clinton may be connected with Epstein’s death.

Epstein avoided federal prosecution when facing the charges in Florida a decade ago.

Under a secret plea deal negotiated by former US labour secretary Alex Acosta, at that time a federal prosecutor in Florida, Epstein admitted to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor and registered as a sex offender.

He served 13 months in a county jail before being released. Acosta resigned last month amid a backlash over the deal.

One of Epstein’s alleged victims said she’ll “never have a sense of closure” because he will never be convicted, according to a message shared by the woman’s attorney, Lisa Bloom.

“You stole from us the huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives,” the woman said.

But Manhattan federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said that while Epstein’s apparent suicide was a “yet another hurdle” in delivering justice to his alleged victims, the court case — which included a conspiracy charge — would continue to play out.

AFP

Man Drinks Insecticide, Another Locks Self In Car

A file photo of vehicles trapped in traffic in Lagos.

 

 

Two men have been found dead in Lagos, the State Police Command has said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Bala Elkana, explained in a statement on Sunday that the bodies were recovered in Ijanikin and Obalende areas of the state.

“On 03/08/2019 At about 0930hrs, information received by Ijanikin Police Station revealed that one unidentified man, about 35 years old was lying dead inside a bush beside the bridge at Adio bus stop area of Ijanikin Lagos,” he said.

Elkana added, “A team of homicide detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer visited the scene. At close observation, one plastic of Snipper suspected to have been taken by the deceased was found beside him.”

He noted that photographs were taken and the remains of the victim have been removed and deposited at Mainland General Hospital Yaba Lagos for autopsy.

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While investigation is ongoing, the Command’s spokesman confirmed that the body of the other victim, Adebekun Samuel, was found in a car.

He said, ”On 28/07/2019 at about 1730hrs, Onikan Police Station received a distress call from Obalende road that a man locked himself inside a vehicle Toyota Camry with registration number BEN 231 CB, colour Gold.

“Immediately the scene was visited, the door was forced opened and it was discovered that the man had given up the ghost. The family of the deceased was quickly contacted via his phone.”

According to Elkana, the family of the 61-year-old noted that he had been sick.

He said no foul play was suspected while the victim’s body and vehicle have been released to the family on request.