As Nigeria joins other countries in marking this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day, no fewer than 264 suicide cases were recorded in the country within the last 4 years, investigation has shown.
The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide”.
The victims comprising males and females took their own lives between January 2017, and August this year, according to Newspaper reports reviewed by newsmen within the period.
This figure excluded numerous suicide cases that have not been reported by the media.
Reports that suicide remains a criminal offence in Nigeria.
Under Section 327 of the Criminal Code Act, attempting to kill self carries a penalty of up to one year in prison.
“Any person who attempts to kill himself is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for one year,” the section said.