11-year-old boy accused of stealing N200 commits suicide

An 11 year old boy, Terkula Botwer has reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree, at Achusa village, in Makurdi local government area of Benue state.

It was learnt from an eyewitness that the teenager allegedly took his own life after being accused by his guardian of stealing her only N200.
According to the source, “It all happened on Sunday morning when Mrs. Nadoo Hember, the boy’s guardian, was alleged to have complained that her only N200 was missing in the house she lived with the late boy.

“She confronted Terkula who denied taking the money, but as she was leaving for church, she allegedly warned the boy that if the money was not found, she would be forced to return him back to his parents in the village.

“Unfortunately, when she got back from church later in the day, she got into the house and discovered that the boy was no where to be found. But after a search, the lifeless body of the boy was seen hanging on a tree at the back of the house.

“It was at that point that she raised alarm that attracted neighbours who gathered at the scene to rescue the boy who was already dead.”
Corroborating the story, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Assistant Superintendent, ASP. Austin Ezeani said the matter was reported last Sunday at the ‘B Division’ of the State Police Command from where officers went and recovered the remains of the boy from the scene after which they deposited same at the Makurdi Federal Medical Centre.

Ezeani who said no arrests had been made on the issue however added that “we are carrying out serious investigations into the matter in order to unravel the mystery of the bizarre death.”

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