Minor commits suicide in Bauchi, another 3 die in Borno IDP fire

A 14-year-old has committed suicide at Dadin Kowa Street, in Ningi Local Government Area in Bauchi State, the police said.

Also, three persons have died in a fire that occurred at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camp in Borno State.

On the suicide case, the police identified the victim as Sadisu Shuaibu, who was said to be mentally challenged.

According to report, the boy hanged himself inside a room in his father’s house.

Ahmed Wakil, spokesperson for the Bauchi State Police Command, said the victim’s father, Haruna Shuaibu, 38, reported the incident.

Wakil said, “On the 18th February 2022 at about 12.00hrs, one Haruna Shuaibu, reported that his son, Sadisu Haruna, 14 years old, hanged himself at an uncompleted room in the house.

“Immediately the Police received that information, a team of Detectives led by the DPO moved to the scene and rushed the victim to the General Hospital Ningi, where he was certified dead by a medical doctor.

“Information received from the father of the victim indicated that the deceased has a mental problem.

The police further said investigation has begun into the boy’s death.

Meanwhile, three persons died at the Muna El-Badawy Internally Displaced Persons camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The agency’s Director-General, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, confirmed the death.

She reportedly said that the fire also destroyed about 3,000 shelters in the camp.

NAN reports Kolo as saying that there was no immediate response to the fire when it happened.

Kolo noted that fire outbreaks in camps and communities where returned IDPs had been resettled were becoming a regular occurrence.

She recalled a similar incident at Ngirburi Village in the Jere Local Government Area recently that left two dead.

“There have been records of huge losses of food and non-food items as well as animals that were destroyed during the fire disaster.

“Another fire incident occurred at Mandarari IDP camp, located within Konduga town in Konduga Local Government Area,’’ she stated.

Kolo said the agency was conducting assessment to ascertain the level of damage, noting that the critical needs of the victims were food, shelter and other non-food items.

She added, “We appeal to the National Emergency Management Agency, the Northeast Development Commission and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to assist the IDPs.’’

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