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  • News - North Central - Benue
  • Updated: January 30, 2024

72-year-old retired soldier commits suicide

72-year-old retired soldier commits suicide

Tragedy struck in Nyiniongun, a suburb of Makurdi, the capital city of Benue State, as a 72-year-old retired soldier, identified as Francis Dooga, reportedly took his own life on Sunday.

The deceased was discovered hanging from a tree within his compound opposite St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. No note was found to provide insight into the circumstances surrounding his decision to end his life.

The death of the septuagenarian was said to have confused his neighbourhood as to what might have pushed him to such an act.

A resident of the area who did not want to be mentioned said none of the retired soldier’s family members was around when the man famously known as  ‘Old Soldier’ committed suicide.

He said, “It was when one of the family members came in around 6:00 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) that he saw the body of the retiree dangling on a tree within the house that he raised the alarm. It was the alarm that drew the attention of neighbours to the house".

Another resident of the area who also pleaded anonymity explained that the ‘Old Soldier’ had earlier complained of hardship as a result of falling into the hands of people who allegedly defrauded him.

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