A pupil of one of the secondary school Rumuokoro community, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, who was reportedly chastised by her parents for teenage pregnancy has allegedly committed suicide.
The girl only identified only as Abibatu was said to have taken insecticide which led to her death.
It is still unclear who impregnated the 17-year-old as at the time of filing this report.
But a source told the Punch that Abibatu, who was angrily chastised by her parents on Friday, purchased the insecticide from one of the shop owners in the neighbourhood.
There was no way of knowing that she planned to kill herself, the source said.
Abibatu’s corpse was found on Saturday with her mouth reeking of the insecticide, the source added.
The source said, “On Saturday morning, we heared that the girl was dead. We later learnt that she took mosquito killer. We also heard that her parents were angry with her because she got pregnant. She might have committed suicide because of the shame.
“We know her as a very calm person and we never knew she was capable of such act; we never knew she could take her own life in such a manner.”
Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, told the newspaper that although the matter had not been reported to the police, he was aware of it.
He said, “I heard that the parents chased the girl out of the house on noticing that she was pregnant. But the girl went to commit suicide.
“The parents appear to be afraid to go to the police. For now, nobody has come to report that matter. The command is not aware because there is no complaint before it.”