Nigeria repatriates suicidal Cameroonian

A Cameroonian, Fredrick Gino, who attempted to commit suicide by climbing a high tension electric pole on May 6 in Lagos has been discharged from the psychiatric hospital and repatriated.

Gino had attempted to electrocute himself at Adebisi Oguniyi Crescent, Lekki-Ikate Round About area of Lagos state before he was rescued by a combined team of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Gino, after being rescued, was taken to the Psychiatric Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, for treatment.

The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Wale Oke, who confirmed the report to NAN, said that Gino was treated free at LASUTH for six months.

According to him, the patient, whose medical bills and feeding cost N1.4 million, was finally repatriated to Cameroon in collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Office through the Lagos Office.

Oke said that the expatriate was accompanied by the Deputy Controller of Immigration, a psychiatric nurse and two social workers to the Murtala Muhammed  International Airport, Ikeja.

He said, “It is part of the Lagos State Government Policy to treat destitute and people unknown. We are glad to have been involved in the rehabilitation of Gino, we hope that the Government of Cameroon will take it up from where we stopped and give him a better life,” he said.

Gino, in an interview with NAN before his repatriation, thanked the Lagos State Government, LASUTH management, doctors and the supporting staff nurses who attended to him.

“I thank the Lagos State Government for saving my life; I also thank the nurses and doctors in charge of my case and all the staff of the hospital. Most of them checked on me regularly. I am happy to go back to my country, I am happy, I will see my family alive,’’ he said.

Rafat S.