Benue: 72-Year-Old Retired Soldier Commits Suicide Over Hardship

One Francis Dooga, a retired soldier, has reportedly taken his own life in Benue state.

The 72-year-old man was found hanging from a tree at his residence opposite St. Joseph Catholic Church in Nyiniongun, a suburb of Makurdi, Benue State.

Dooga’s death was confirmed by a neighbour who spoke in confidence with newsmen about the incident.

According to the neighbour, Dooga popularly known as ‘old soldier’, hanged himself while members of his family were away from home.

The neigbour disclosed that the lifeless body of the retiree was found swinging from the tree at about 6:00pm on Sunday.

Some residents of the area attributed the deceased action to hardship which they claimed he hard previously lamented bitterly about.

It was learnt that the deceased was complaining about being swindled of his pension by some persons around him and was worried about not getting his pension in bulk from the pension board.

The spokeswoman of the Police in Benue, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident in a text message to our correspondent

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