A 19-year-old boy, Mr Chukwudi Ugwu, has hanged himself for being reprimanded by his parents for failing in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, in Ebonyi State
The deceased, who was living with his parents at No 41, Nsugbe Street, Abakaliki, was brought to the casualty ward of the Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki, yesterday, where he later died as all efforts made to save his life failed.
Daily Sun gathered that the deceased got angry as his father scolded him over his poor performance in the examination which made him not to qualify for admission into the tertiary institution.
A nurse who pleaded anonymity said the parents of the deceased told the hospital management that the boy became so annoyed when he was reprimanded and immediately left for his room where he was reported to have hanged himself on the ceiling fan.
“What the father told us was that they scolded him for failing JAMB. Maybe he was one of those children who do not like to be scolded or that he committed suicide out of frustration. He went inside the room where he stayed for a very long time before his parents went inside to know what was keeping him inside and they saw him hanging on the ceiling fan,” the source said.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary of Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki, by his parents, while the police were carrying out investigations to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident.
In a related development, the State Security Services (SSS) has invited the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki, over the death of one Mr Ojukwu, He died yesterday in the hospital, in a circumstance that was not clear to his son, Mr Innocent Ojukwu, who accused the doctor of killing his father.
The late Mr. Ojukwu, according to an eye-witness, was brought to the emergency ward of the FMC as an out-patient where he received treatment and was discharged before his death at the same hospital. His death led to physical attack by the son of the deceased who accused the doctor on duty of killing his father. When Daily Sun visited the hospital, the doctors were seen protesting what they described as lack for security cover for the doctors in the hospital, as well as other things they alleged were wrong in the hospital.
One of them, who spoke to Daily Sun under the condition of anonymity, explained that the attack on one of them was a clear case that the doctors were not safe at their duty posts, arguing that such things could not happen in a place where there was security.
“It is only at FMC, Abakaliki, that such a thing can happen, where have you seen a patient or patient’s relative beat up a doctor on duty, who is working tirelessly to save their lives. But what we are seeing here every day is attacks upon attacks on our doctors. That is why we, the resident doctors, have risen up to say no to this unwarranted brutality on us,” the source said.
All, efforts to speak with the hospital’s management proved abortive as the Head of Clinical Service, Dr. Sunday Onyebuchi, who was the most senior staff drove out with the President of the resident doctors to the office of the State Security Services (SSS).