i Found My Son Hanging Shortly After I Begged Him To Be Of Good Behaviour’
The mother of 13-year-old Aounduver Terunm, who reportedly hung himself in Makurdi, Benue State capital, has narrated how the unfortunate incident happened.
Until his death, Aounduver Terunm was an JSS2 student of Lady Celina Academy, Makurdi. He purportedly hung himself inside his parents’ chicken pen located in their private residence behind Federal Pay Office, Nyima, Makurdi.
Narrating the unfortunate incident to Sunday Vanguard, the mother of the deceased, Mrs. Veronica Terunm, who wept profusely as she spoke, said she was still in shock and could not comprehend what could have led her son to the abominable act.
She said the family just had lunch on Sunday afternoon after which her son went to play football with his mates in the neighborhood and that was the last time she saw him alive.
In her bewilderment, Mrs. Terunm said:
I cannot understand what really happened. He was a small boy in JSS 2 with very bright prospects.
The boy’s mother wept uncontrollably.
Though the father of the deceased who was still in deep shock, could not be reached, Sunday Vanguard got in touch with the School Administrator of Lady Celina Academy Makurdi, where Aounduver was a student before his death, to ascertain if he had at anytime exhibited signs of depression or despondency that could have forced him into the act.
According to the Administrator, Mr. Peter Ajai, the death of the student, who was the first son of the family, came to the school community as a rude shock.
“Though he mixed well with fellow students, sometimes he looked withdrawn but generally within the short time we had him here, he behaved well.
We, students and teachers alike, were taken aback when we heard of the death of Aounduver who though joined us as a JSS 2 student last term, he was a proud student of this school.
I learnt from one of my students who lived in the same neighborhood with him and who also broke the news, that Aounduver died in a mysterious circumstance.
The school community has visited his bereaved parents to express our condolences but suffice it to state here that we all strongly feel that there was more than meets the eye in the entire saga especially when you look at the circumstances under which he died.
We fervently pray that God gives the family the fortitude to bear the loss and we also encourage the police to do a thorough investigation of the incident in order to clear the air on the matter.”
Reacting, Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, said,
“The matter is being investigated and I can assure you that we will definitely dig into it to unravel the mystery of the teenager’s death.”
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