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Okorocha calls for creation of happiness ministry to tackle suicide

Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west, says a happiness ministry should be created to tackle suicide and rape cases.

Okorocha said this on Tuesday while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Theodore Orji, senator representing Abia central.

Orji’s motion was on the “rising incidence of suicides amongst Nigerians.”

Okorocha, an immediate past governor of Imo state, argued that a lot of people take their own lives because they lack the ability to express themselves or to share their feelings with anyone.

“Mr senate president, may I suggest that whether it’s the issue of rape, suicide, let us create a department to address these issues,” he said.

“Ministry of health is not up to that, Police is not equipped for that, ministry of information is not equipped for that, we must have a department where people can go and express themselves – that ministry must be a ministry or department of happiness.

“All our prayers appear to me as though we are embarking on academic exercise that might not reflect any practical reality.

“A step should be further taken to find out why these people are not happy to the extent that they will take their life.”

While moving the motion earlier, the former Abia governor said suicide could be prevented “when family, friends and close relatives of the person contemplating suicide provide support.”

“Many people commit suicide out of ignorance and situations that could be addressed; and the people in the position to help, encourage or assist ignore to do so thereby leaving them to commit suicide at will,” he said.

The senate urged religious organisations in the country to preach love, peace and how to relieve stress.

It also urged the federal government to ban the production, importation or circulation of snipers insecticide — substance often used to commit suicide.

Corps member, who washed hair with Sniper, dies 10 days to birthday

A member of the National Youth Service Corps scheme serving in Osun State, Ayomikun Ademorayo, on Sunday died after she reportedly washed her hair with an insecticide, Sniper, to eliminate lice.

Some colleagues of the deceased told our correspondent that Ayomikun, an orphan, discovered lice in her hair while preparing a new hairdo in preparation for her birthday on July 18.

They added that Ayomikun, a prominent member of the state NYSC volleyball team, applied the insecticide to her hair on Sunday afternoon and became unconscious a few minutes later.

The deceased, who studied Human Kinetics at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, it was learnt, lost her mother in June this year, while her father died some years ago.

She was said to be the breadwinner of the family and had younger siblings in secondary schools.

An eyewitness, who lives in the same compound with the deceased, told PUNCH Metro that Ayomikun became unconscious shortly after applying the substance to her hair and was rushed to a private hospital in Osogbo.

She, however, reportedly died on the way to the hospital.

The source said, “Ayomikun loose her hair in order to make a new style for her birthday, which is in 10 days’ time. She was preparing for July 18. She had bought a new clothe and bag for the purpose. She discovered that lice had infested her hair.

“So, on Sunday afternoon, she just applied Sniper to her hair to eliminate the lice. Shortly after she did that, Ayomikun lost consciousness and was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Osogbo. But she died before she could get to the hospital.”

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer, NYSC in the state, Funmilayo Okundaye, said she had yet to get the details, but confirmed the death of the corps member.

Sources told correspondent that when officials of the NYSC in Osun State contacted the deceased’s next of kin, they were told to arrange the burial in Osogbo though her relations live in Lagos.

Speaking during a short funeral service for the deceased at the Christian Association of Nigeria Cemetery, Ede, on Monday, the Osun State Coordinator, NYSC, Ayodele Adegoke, who was represented by an official, described the deceased as cool-headed and had contributed to the advancement of her friends and community without recourse to race and tribe.

Shiite group invades NASS Complex, injures 3 police men

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN- the Shiite on Tuesday, invaded the National Assembly Complex throwing stones and injuring three police men.

The invaders stormed the complex at about 1.30 p.m., demanding the release of their leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky who has been in detention for about four years.

The injured police men were rushed to the NASS clinic for treatment.

The protesters forced their way through the first gate near the Federal Secretariat and headed to the main building where they clashed with security operatives.

Some vehicles’ screens were broken with stones in the process, resulting in the closure of the second gate by security agents who placed restriction on movement in and out of the building.

NAN also reports that plenary is still going on at the House of Representatives.
Additional police men are also being deployed in strategic locations to forestall total breakdown of law and order in the complex.