A 14-year-old girl, Anita Haledu Ibrahim, residing in Angwan Dorowa Gbuja, Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, has committed suicide over an unwanted pregnancy.
It was gathered that the deceased, a student of Government Science School, Andaha, near Akwanga, ingested a pesticide to kill herself on Saturday, after she got pregnant for her boyfriend whom she met in Andaha during the COVID-19 lockdown.
When the guy discovered that Anita was pregnant, he sneaked out of the village to Abuja, but Anita’s mother made efforts to contact him and he accepted responsibility, expressing willingness to marry her. He informed her family that he would travel back and pay her dowry.
It was, however, learnt that the lady decided to take her life after her father, Haledu Ibrahim, discovered the pregnancy and beat her up.
According to a source, the father, who later found out the pregnancy, out of anger, beat her severely, and it was neighbours who came to her rescue after they heard her loud cry.
Anita was later found struggling and holding her stomach while gasping for air after her father’s punishment. She took the pesticide on Saturday and was rushed to the hospital in Akwanga, but she died in the early hours of yesterday.
However, when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Nansel Ramhan, said he was yet to receive an official report from Akwanga division.