A London-based Nigerian nurse, Mrs. Oluwakemi Folashade Alagbe, 49, has committed suicide by hanging herself in her apartment, two weeks after arriving from England.
The deceased killed herself on Sunday, 26 July, 2009 at her residence, B5, Federal Housing Estate, Ita-Eleja, Abeokuta.
Speaking with our correspondent, one of the brothers of the deceased who prefered anonymity, said the death of his sister was still a shock to him.
According to him: “My sister returned to Nigeria precisely on Friday, 10 July, 2009 from London where she had been practising as a nurse for several years. She was staying with her two children in the UK but she lost her job about two years ago and since then things have not gone well for her. She once complained bitterly when she arrived that by now, she would have become a ward matron if not for the unfortunate incident that led to her loss of the job.”
He continued: “On my sister’s return, she started complaining about the situation of things here in Nigeria and the circumstances that surrounded her plight as a jobless person. She threatened to jump into a river sometime ago when we were travelling.
”It is true that she lost her job in London, but she had been shuttling between Nigeria and England. This is not her first time of coming home after she lost her job. Two of her children are still in London. We cannot just explain why she took such a decision.”
An inside source confided that the deceased’s action was somehow mysterious, wondering why she should hang herself. “I can’t believe my eyes. Her suicide was not ordinary. Why should a well to do woman, with well-equipped house and fleet of cars commit suicide. Moreover, she has two children doing well in London. My brother, there is more to this. This is beyond imagination,” she stated.
The deceased, it was learnt, had been buried.
Investigations revealed that the family was yet to inform the children of the death of their mother.