A 17-year-old boy, Betwom Bitrus, has reportedly committed suicide in Bauchi state, the police in the North East state have said.
The incident happened at Bombar in Bogoro Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Wednesday.
According to Wakil, the deceased was said to have left home to go to a stream in the area to take his bath but did not return home.
He disclosed that the family went out to search for him and eventually, they found his lifeless body hanging on a tree in a bush.
He said: “We received a report from a Good Samaritan that today being the 13th of September 2023 at about 3.00 pm, on the 12th of September 2023 at about 5.00 pm, his nephew, one Betwom Timothy who is 17 years old, left home to take a bath at the stream but he did not return home.
“So, the family organized a search team for him and they eventually found his body hanging on a tree with a sponge and faeces on his trousers in a nearby bush in Bogoro town.
“On receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command, CP Auwal Muhammad, directed the DPO Bogoro Division and detectives should move to the scene and they evacuated the body to the General Hospital, Bogoro where a medical doctor confirmed him dead on arrival.
Wakil said that the Command wishes to commiserate with the family of the deceased and prayed that God Almighty will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“The Command is using this medium to call parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance on the activities of their children and wards. It is now pertinent more than ever before that their whereabouts and the company they keep are constantly in check by all those responsible.
“Community leaders and elders should also keep an eye on what is happening in their communities and ensure that they handle any situation before it degenerates,” he admonished