A 45-year-old woman, Mrs. Ifeoma Otubo, hang herself on a mango tree to commit suicide in Ebonyi State on Sunday.
It was learnt that the mango tree was behind her house at Okposi village, Umuoghara community, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.
It was also learnt that Sunday’s attempt wasn’t the first attempt.
A brother to the deceased, Christopher Oyibo, explained that the mother of five had in 2014 attempted to commit suicide because of hardship, but she was rescued by people, who spotted her.
Ifeoma was said to have reportedly lamented that she was finding it difficult to take care of her children before she later took her life in the hours of Sunday.
It was learnt that her first child, who is 25 years old, is jobless.
The deceased and her family were said to be internally displaced persons as a result of the prolonged Ezza/Eziulo communal war in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
A source explained that, “She was among the people displaced as a result of the Ezza/Eziulo communal war. She returned to her father’s house together with the husband and children, but since that time, life has not been easy on them.
“About five years ago, she attempted suicide, but was stopped by people who saw her.
“But this time, her husband said he entered his room because they were given two rooms by the wife’s family; so, he entered his room, while the deceased entered her room with the children.
“So, very early in the morning, when the children woke up to ease themselves, they saw their mother hanging on the mango tree behind their house.
“It was said that the deceased, during her first suicide attempt, gave hardship as the reason because before the war, they were living well and had she had a shop she was managing, but when they relocated to her fathers’ house at Umuoghara, they became small farmers and life became hard.”
The Ebonyi State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Mrs. Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.
Odah, who described the incident as unfortunate, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police also send his condolence to people of the area.
She then admonished the IDPs not to lose hope because the government was working hard to resettle and give them a better living standard.
She added that the Ezza/Eziulo crisis had challenging solution.