By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
A 17-year-old boy in Soro town, Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State last Friday killed himself over the refusal of a 12-year-old girl to marry him.
The deceased, whose name was given as Usman Abdu, was said to have hung himself on a tree after the girl, his cousin, said she would not marry him.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi at the weekend.
Mohammed said: “On the May 13, 2016, at about 9.p.m, one Usman Abdu, male, 17, of Ganja ward, Soro town in Ganjuwa of Bauchi State allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree with a rope.
“The scene of the incidence was visited by police detectives led by DPO, Soro Division. The victim was photographed and rushed to Soro hospital where he was certified dead by a medical doctor.”
The PPRO stated that preliminary investigations revealed that the victim hanged himself when his cousin, a 12-year-old girl of the same address, rejected his marriage proposal.
He said the exhibit recovered included rope which the victim used in hanging himself.
He added that the corpse was released to his relative for burial after postmortem examinations