A 45-year-old woman identified as Ifeoma Otuba was found hanging from a mango tree behind her house at Okposi Umuoghara, in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in the early hours of Sunday, December 20.
The brother of the deceased, Christopher Oyibo, who verified the incident, said she had tried to commit suicide in 2014 due to hardship but was rescued.
It was gathered that before she took the extreme action, she had complained that she was finding it hard to fend for herself and her children.
According to a source from the community, the dead woman and family were displaced due to the Ezza/Eziulo long-lasting communal crisis in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
“She was among the people displaced by Ezza/Eziulo war. She returned to her father’s house having been displaced by the communal war together with her husband and children but since that period, life has not been easy for her family. About five years ago she attempted suicide but was stopped by people who saw her,” the source said.
“But this time around, the husband said he entered his room because they were given two rooms by the wife’s family, so he entered his room while she the deceased entered into her room with the children. Very early in the morning when the children woke up to ease themselves, they saw their mother hanging on the mango tree behind their house.
“It was said that the deceased during her first suicide attempt gave hardship as reason because before the war they were living well and had a personal business shop she was managing but when they relocated to the fathers’ house at Umuoghara they became small farmers and life became difficult” the source added.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Loveth Odah, who verified the news described the event as tragic and conveyed the CP’s sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.
Odah encouraged the IDPs not to lose hope stating that the government is working hard to resettle them and better their living.
She pinpointed that the Ezza/Eziulo crisis has defied many peace processes but the state government is working to resettle IDPs.