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Police investigate corps member’s suicide in Enugu, rescue UNN student from hanging self


Bolufemi Princess Motunrayo

The Enugu State police command says it has commenced investigations into the alleged suicide of a serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the state. Bolufemi Princess Motunrayo, a corps member serving in Girls Secondary School, Ibagwa-Aka, Igbo-Eze South local government area of the state, took her life on Friday.

The beautiful lady — a Batch C corps member — who hailedπ from Ijumu local government area of Kogi State, was reported to have taken a substance suspected to be a sniper.

Before her death, the deceased had left a note informing her parents why she decided to commit suicide. “I did this because I see nothing worth living,” she wrote. “Mummy, I love you. Daddy I love you. Matthew and John, you guys should take care. We will meet where we will depart no more. I love you guys.”


Motunrayo was a graduate of Prince Abubakar Audu University — better known as Kogi State University — where she studied Banking and Finance.

Ebere Amaraizu, the state police command spokesman, who confirmed the corps member’s death, described the incident as unfortunate. He, however, told newsmen on Saturday evening that the command has commenced investigations into the tragedy.

“Yes, police have gotten a report of one Miss Bolufemi Motunrayo, a Batch C youth corps member serving in Girls Secondary School, Ibagwa-Aka who committed suicide. It is unfortunate. Police have already commenced investigations on circumstances surrounding her death which happened on Friday, January 10.”

A family member, Funke Ajayi, who confirmed the development to newsmen, said everyone is in deep shock. According to her, the deceased has never shown any sign of depression in the past, neither were their indications of despair lately. She said the late Princess was her usual cheerful self a day before the incident.

Some of her friends have also besieged the social media handles of the deceased, who kept a vibrant and active profile on Facebook and Instagram, to express their shock and send their condolences. Many of her friends also implored the police to step up its investigation as they claim the suicide note, written in all capital letters was suspect and didn’t reflect the deceased’s style of writing and handwriting.


One of them wrote: “This issue needs thorough investigation. She always seemed happy and looked radiant. Her education was fast as well and I can’t see any reason she should be afraid about life or her future, something must be fishy. More so, a lady threatened can be forced to write a suicide note in capital letters and drink not just one Sniper, but two when it is not a soft drink.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State police command has in another development prevented a 21-year-old student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) from committing suicide. According to the police, on January 7, at about 8:29 a.m. an officer of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Security Corps, alerted Ejigbo police station that a young man, Obasi Augustine Chuckuemeka, of No. 4, Alaba Street, Ejigbo, a student of UNN, Enugu campus, tied a rope in a loop around their living room ceiling fan in preparation for suicide because he was scolded by his parents.

“Swift response by operatives from Ejigbo police station prevented him from killing himself. He was rescued and taken to hospital for medical examination. Investigation is ongoing,” the police statement stated.

Also, five persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing female under-wears for ritual purposes. Lagos State police public relations officer, DSP Bala Elkna, said: “On January 10, at about 8:00 p.m. acting on information, operatives from Ojo Police Station arrested Chukwajekwu Eziigbo, aged 15, of Ilufe area, Ojo, for stealing female underwears from a clothesline.  

“The suspect confessed that for one year now, he has been stealing female under wears from different houses in Ojo and environs. He further confessed that he usually hands over those stolen under wears to the following female suspects for a payment: Chidima Obietuake, 17; Chikwaka Chidima Jemfe, 17; Gold Enyinnaya, 23; and Akomas Amarachi, 26, all of Ilufe area, Ojo. “The suspects have been arrested and they confessed to the commission of the crime. Detectives recovered some stolen female underwears from the suspects. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects would be charged to court”.


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