Inquest report indicates teenage girl’s suicide might be due quack abortion


The Police at Nsuta, in the Sekyere Central District of Ashanti, has said that a botched abortion might have informed the decision of Abigail Akrugu, a 13 year-old class six girl, to commit suicide at Nsuta, in the early hours of Monday, March 25, 2019.

District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Charles Attuah, the Nsuta District Commander, said an autopsy report on the body of the deceased, conducted by a pathologist of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, revealed that deceased, who was a few months pregnant ingested some concoction, purportedly to abort the pregnancy, but was not successful.

The autopsy performed in the presence of Abigail’s family members, two days after the incident, also confirmed there was no foul play.

Briefing the media at Nsuta on Thursday. DSP Attuah said the deceased who lives with the parents in that town, was found dead hanging on a cashew tree just behind the District Health Directorate’s office, on that fateful day at around 0630 hours.

This was when the police after receiving a distress call, moved to the scene.

He said the police, after preliminary investigations, removed the body and together with some family members conveyed it to the Mampong Government Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

When contacted, Madam Felicia Lasibine, mother of the deceased, looking visibly distraught, amidst sobs, told the media that the Sunday before the incident, deceased attended church together with the entire family and showed no sign of any depressive moods.

She said after returning from church, deceased prepared the evening meal and later took her younger sister to a nearby house to watch television.

After keeping too long to return home, the father went for them, but deceased showed much reluctance to come back home with the father, she said.

Deceased however obliged finally, only to sneak out later without the knowledge of the parents.

Madam Lasibine said they only got to know the girl was not in house that night, when they heard the bad news.


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