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Albino commits suicide over alleged ‘discrimination’

A 23-year-old albino identified as Ugochukwu Ekwe on Sunday committed suicide in Festac area of Lagos for allegedly being discriminated against by people.

The incident occurred at 311 Road, B Close, after the deceased’s parents have gone to church.

It was gathered that the deceased had attempted suicide last month, after complaining of the discrimination he suffered from people as a result of his pigmentation.

He was said to have been rescued by a friend after he attempted to drink mixed cemented liquid, but he succeeded yesterday after refusing to follow his parents to church.

According to The Nation, a source in the neighbourhood said that his parents discovered his body hanging on the ceiling fan when they returned from church.

He said: “On arrival from church, his parents were shocked to discover the body of their son hanging on the ceiling fan in one of the apartments. One of his siblings was said to have raised alarm which attracted curious neighbours.

“I was returning from church when I saw people gathered in front of the block of flats. When I enquired, I was told that Ugochukwu had committed suicide.

“He finished his secondary school in 2009. I also learned he had threatened to take his life, saying he was frustrated.

“Later, we saw some policemen from Festac division who removed the body.”

When contacted, spokesperson for the police command, DSP Patricia Amadin said she was yet to get details from the Area ‘E’ Commander, Frank Mba.

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