No fewer than 41 health Civil Society Organisations have called on the Nigerian Federal Government to end the criminalisation of suicide in the country. The Punch reports that section 327 of the Criminal Code Act, 2004 states that “any person who attempts to kill himself is guilty of a misdemeanor and is liable to imprisonment for one year”. However, the groups lamented that criminalising the act does not give room for the provision of mental health help needed by the person, adding that the World Health Organisation frowned on this.
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