Incest: Young Man Commits Suicide After Sleeping With His 16-Year-Old Niece In Edo
A young man simply identified as Benjamin committed suicide after an alleged incestuous relationship with his 16-year-old niece. The incident occurred in Edo State’s Iyowa community, Ovia North-East Local Government Area.
On Tuesday, October 19, the deceased was discovered dangling from a rope in an unfinished building. Benjamin allegedly committed suicide after it was discovered that he was having an incestuous relationship with his 16-year-old niece.
The incident caused consternation in the rural community, with many residents wondering if the rumour of his alleged incestuous relationship with his niece, whom he lived within a relative’s house, could have led him to choose death by hanging close to the house.
According to reports, “Benjamin and a cousin, Ejiro, have been living with a relative of theirs in the community for some years. There was recent speculation that the couple was involved in an incestuous relationship. The affair quickly became public knowledge, and tongues began to wag. Benjamin recoiled to himself and withdrew completely, almost becoming a recluse.
“Benjamin, probably in his desire to avoid public condemnation and shame, took the decision to end it all by taking his own life.” Commenting on what could have driven the young man to take such drastic steps, the father of the deceased said that he was informed three days ago that his son had been having carnal knowledge of his niece. The accusation was said to have led to a quarrel between Benjamin’s mother and the mother of the girl.
“He slept with his senior brother’s daughter. Born of the same mother with him, not the same father,” he said. Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, Bello Kontongs, who confirmed the incident, said that the family had demanded that they be allowed to bury the corpse.”
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