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Man attempts suicide twice over eye problem

Taofeek Muraina never
had it good as a child.
His adulthood is not
even better. This,
perhaps, explains why
the 40-year-old
bricklayer thought it
wise to die rather than
being put to shame by
friends and
Twice this year, Muraina has
attempted suicide. The first
time, Punch Metro learnt,
was about five months ago,
while the second one was on
December 5.
On December 5, he had
wanted to poison himself
when a neighbour arrived on
time and raised the alarm.
Muraina has been battling
with an acute eye condition
since when he was a child.
As he grows, his condition
worsens, making life
unbearable for him.
Explaining reasons for
attempting suicide, he said,
“Life is unbearable for me. I
was born with an eye
problem. My wife, Tawa, left
me and dumped our 10-
year-old son with me. I
learnt that she has got
married to another man.
“I attempted to commit
suicide by poisoning myself
while my son and
neighbours were not at
home but my landlady got
home while I was preparing
the mixture.
His landlady, Mrs. Aminat
Oseni, who said that
Muraina had been her
tenant for five years,
explained that it was the
second time that he
attempted taking his own
Oseni said, “He (Muraina) is
a friend to my son, Fatai,
who is a welder. My son
appealed to me that we
should accommodate him
when he came begging for
“According to him, he was
sent packing by his former
landlord on the ground that
the landlord’s family wanted
to make use of the
apartment. But he said the
landlord only ejected him
because of his eye problem.”
Muraina, whose left eyeball
gorge from the socket, said,
“This is causing acute pain
for me. I have been living in
pain since I was born. It
became worse during the
crisis within the National
Union of Road Transport
Workers three years ago at
Moniya. I was hit in my eyes
by an object and since then
it had been worse.”
His relatives, according to
him, came with a promise
that they would help him
but they never showed up
Muraina’s landlady said,
“When they saw him they
burst out crying. They said
that they would take him to
the hospital but they could
not do so for lack of funds.”
A Mass Communication
Student of Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria, Yusuf Oseni,
said Muraina had not been
having any medical attention
as a result of poverty,
adding, “That is why five
months ago he attempted to
commit suicide by hanging.
“Having tried all available
means to help himself, he
decided to take his own life.
He has no money to treat
himself in the hospital. He is
alone with his problem.
When he went to the
University College Hospital,
he was asked to pay N10m.
Muraina, a resident of
Gunwin Akingbile, Moniya,
Ibadan, Oyo State, said the
excruciating pains he
experienced on a daily basis
had made life difficult for
He said, “I am a bricklayer
and I mould blocks. People
in the neighbourhood always
make jest of me. I take
native treatment because I
cannot afford the cost of
“I decided to end it all
because I could not afford
the cost of surgery and no
one wishes to help me. With
my condition, I still manage
to work to feed myself and
my son but people hate

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