Nigerian Air Force Officer’s Tragic Suicide Raises Concerns About Mental Health Support

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. A female officer of the Nigerian Air Force, known as George, tragically ended her own life at her home in Ikeja, Lagos State on Saturday.

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George, a Master Warrant Officer stationed at 651 Base Services Group, was found deceased in her residence.

The military promptly removed her body to facilitate an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

Military Signal Highlights the Tragic Incident and Raises Awareness on Mental Health

According to a military signal obtained by SaharaReporters, Master Warrant Officer George, a female personnel of the Nigerian Air Force, reportedly committed suicide inside her room at around 1400hrs on June 10, 2023.

The signal also urged vigilance regarding mental health issues, stating, “My people, depression is real.

Please do not allow 9ija Wahala lead you to an early grave.”

Alarming Suicide Rates in Nigeria and a Former Commanding Officer’s Tragic End

In 2022 alone, reports indicate that 79 individuals, comprising 70 males and 9 females, died by suicide in Nigeria.

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However, this number may not accurately reflect unreported cases.

Adding to the concern, Major U.J Undianyede, a former Battalion Commanding Officer recognized for leading the fight against Boko Haram in the North East, was also reported to have taken his own life.

This unfortunate event occurred less than 72 hours before the verdict of a court-martial trial regarding alleged military infractions during the war.

Conclusion:

These recent tragedies within the Nigerian military highlight the importance of addressing mental health and providing support to personnel.

The incidents serve as a reminder that mental health issues, such as depression, should not be overlooked or ignored.

The military and society at large must work together to promote awareness, understanding, and access to mental health resources to prevent further loss of valuable lives.

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