Suicide Mother: Enugu Gov’s Wife relocates bereaved children, awards them Scholarships


Wife of Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Nkechinyere Mbah, has announced scholarships for the three children, whose mother reportedly committed suicide after dropping them at the Ogui Road Police Station, Enugu.

The newly launched Non-Governmental Organisation of the First Lady, the Custos Care Foundation, would cater for their education from nursery through university, she promised.

Mrs. Mbah has also arranged for the immediate relocation of the bereaved children from the Ogui Road Divisional Police Station to a secure residential facility to ensure their care.

The unidentified woman had on Tuesday, reportedly committed suicide by stripping and throwing herself unto a moving vehicle after dropping her children in front of Ogui Road Police Station, Enugu, an incident many have blamed on depression occasioned by hardship.

The eldest child, who is barely six, could not provide any meaningful information about their parents or community.

However, during a visit to the station where the children were quartered after the incident, Mrs. Mbah, who described the incident as heart-wrenching, said her Foundation would not allow the children to suffer or their future hampered by the event.

“This is a very sad news and my heart goes out to these children. To be stripped of a mother’s love at the early stages of their lives is heartbreaking. But it has happened. So, what we will do going forward is to ensure that they are not stranded in life; that they do not lack quality education, and that their future and destinies are not truncated.

“So, for now, we will move them into a secure residential facility where they will receive adequate care. The Custos Foundation will also sponsor their education from primary to the university. We have to be there for one another,” Mrs. Mbah stated.

The governor’s wife emphasised the import of mental health awareness and urged persons struggling with depression and related challenges to seek assistance and counseling, noting there was nothing to be ashamed about it.

She equally urged the Enugu State Ministry of Children, Gender, and Social Development and its counterparts at the federal and state levels across the country to step up their mental wellness advocacy, especially at a time like this.

It would be recalled that Mrs. Nkechinyere Mbah had recently launched the Custos Care Foundation officially to provide vital support to the socially disadvantaged and also flagged off the Foundation’s maternal and child healthcare project as well as welfare project in the three senatorial zones of Enugu State.

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