‎Policeman allegedly commits suicide over deployment to Borno

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]
Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

A police officer in the Ebonyi State, Donatus Oyibe, has reportedly committed suicide in Abakaliki, the state

Mr. Oyibe, a native of Ndegu Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state, was said to have jumped into a well on Sunday night when he reportedly went to fetch water.

Residents said he had been ‘moody’ since August 28 when he received his letter of transfer to Maiduguri in Borno State.

A police source said he was among the last batch of Mobile Police Officers recently deployed from the 32 Squadron Abakaliki after completing his tour of duty.

“He was a gallant mobile police officer and had already reported back to the Police Command where he was posted to Operations Department and he resumed duties in earnest before the transfer came,” the source said.

His death was said to be connected with his recent transfer to Borno State after his posting letter was released on August 28.

The deceased’s daughter, Ukamaka, narrated that her late father took a bucket to fetch water from the well but did not come back after several hours and this led to a search for him by concerned family members.

She added that when they reached the well, his bucket was seen but he was nowhere to be found. His body was later discovered inside the well.

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Ogah, said she was yet to be briefed on the development.

She promised that the command will investigate the matter.


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  • thusspokez

    Mr. Oyibe, a native of Ndegu Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state, was said to have jumped into a well on Sunday night when he reportedly went to fetch water.

    In a well? Couldn’t he had done it somewhere else? Further, did he think that killing himself was better than being killed by boko haram?

    • Charles


    • Otile

      You seem to be buying the bullshit of your masters. Nonesense

    • PolyGon2013

      I don’t believe that the guy killed himself. He may have slipped, and probably unable to save himself.

  • Charles

    or would he not have deserted the force and damn the consequence, even if he is later caught, court martial and dismissed, but remain alive?, what is the the evidence to prove that he committed suicide?, what is the evidence to show he committed suicide because of his posting to Borno ?, Personally i smell fowl.

    • xandril

      Where is the suicide note? How did they arrive at their conclusion? Who said he wouldn’t have survived if he had gone there? Yes everyone would have been moody for that kind of transfer but not to take his life. He had many more options. Thanks for thinking same way as I presume

  • Inyamiri


  • Abdullah Musa

    Poor fellow!
    People die even on their beds.

  • Waandu

    He was obviously not aware that not only a lot of policemen have survived their Borno posting, they have even made a lot of money while there. There is always profit to be made in a time of chaos.

  • etubom rex william

    Buhari transfer northerner to the south east but prefer to transfer south east to the front line. Why easterners not you putting your brother for what you creat.

    • princegab

      Beg to disagree sir, pmb is not the igp. Transfers in the police force are routines

      • etubom rex william

        I see with you but I know is so. But that fight should be northerner fight. Why I said This is that. When boko haram started under Johnatan regime. He started taking action by arresting them to fetch justice. But the same buhari kick against him. I was thinking when he took power he will defeat them so easily. When he said that to gain vote from their people. He now come to that shoe. How can he conquered way he did not want his partner to take glory. For boko haram buhari will be loser until thou kingdom come.

        • princegab

          BH will be defeated if fg gets serious with those sponsoring it.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      If the biafool coward had been transferred to Lagos where he can gleefully join forces with Evans in his kidnapping business, he’d have been celebrating now . A ku tun ku were l’ona orun

      • PolyGon2013

        Please don’t say that. Not all ibos are bad people. There are still some people who care about other human being among them.

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          You can count them on one hand, though

  • Watch man

    if you felt so strong about not going, resignation would have been another option instead of taking your life. So painful!

  • Philips Oladele

    Im not sure the policeman jump into the well killing himself because of his transfer to Borno, there is a misery behind it.
    May be the man was under a spell or probably has offended the powers that be thereby taken revenge upon him.
    But whatever secret in the matter to anyone of us is clear to the creator and he who died.

    • princegab

      Suicide might not be deliberate. A kind of mistake resulting from his mood. Once slipped into the well, no amount of struggle will stop him crashing at the bottom. It’s unfortunate.

      • PolyGon2013

        That is likely what happened.

  • PolyGon2013

    He may have fallen accidentally! If he really wanted to commit suicide, he could have gone to the war front to fight till death! I do not believe that he committed suicide.

  • etubom rex william

    Who do you think cause his dead buhari and APC is to blame. Would you tell me if the government make water available for all. What will cause the young man to go to well. All the stolen money recovered. Are you going to tell me can not do one thing or the others from keeping people suffering. Which such dead is not only police also to civilians.