EXCLUSIVE: I wanted to commit suicide out of frustration but I’m sorry-Kojo Mensah

The man who attempted suicide at the public gallery of Ghana’s Parliament, Kojo Mensah has explained why he attempted to kill himself.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kojo Mensah, 35, said he had no intension of committing suicide but he made the attempt out of frustration.

He first apologised to his Member of Parliament for Kwesimintim, Mr Joseph Mensah over his action.

According to him, he had no intension to tarnish the image of the legislator who he described as a great man with a good heart.

He also apologised to President Nana Akufo-Addo, Members of Parliament and Ghanaians in general saying: ‘’before I explain why I attempted suicide, I want to first apologise to the MP. It was not my intension to disgrace him or tarnish his image. I apologise to the MPs, the President of Ghana and Ghanaians. I want to ask for forgiveness. I had no intension of killing myself but attempted the suicide out of frustration.’’

Kojo Mensah disclosed on Rainbow Radio that he was frustrated because he had been chasing the Foreign Affairs Ministry over a case but had not been supported.

According to him, he suffered an attack in the hands of armed men while he was working in Nigeria for a foreign company in 2013.

However, the company has neglected him and all efforts to have his concerns addressed have been ignored.

He said since the incident occurred in 2013, he has not been compensated and needed support from authorities in Ghana to have his compensation paid.

The shooting incident he explained led to a serious accident because the car in which he was in together with his boss, summersaulted leading to serious body injuries after he had been shot thrice by the armed men.

According to him, he suffered a fracture on his hand and has been asked to undergo a surgery or risk being paralysed for life.

All these coupled with other factors forced him to commit suicide because he felt no one was ready to assist him.

Narrating how he got to the public gallery on Thursday, Kojo Mensah said he visited parliament on Tuesday in search of the MP but was told he was Absent.

He said unknown to him, the MP was out of the country and so ‘’when I arrived in parliament on Thursday and did not meet the MP, I became frustrated and made the attempt to kill myself.

He has asked Ghanaians to stop tagging him with any political party and rather focus on what led him to take the action.

When asked if he had any appointment with the MP he said, ‘’no I did have any appointment with the MP. I don’t have personal relationship with him but I felt he could have helped me resolve the challenge I was confronted with.

He appealed to the Foreign Affairs Ministry assist him get his compensation from his former employers in Nigeria.

Kojo Mensah from Kwesimintim sat at the public gallery with a rope wearing the T-shirt of Kwesimintim MP Joe Mensah.

As sitting adjourned, he shouted he wants to jump off the gallery to the main floor and was restrained by the security persons.

Commander of the Parliament Police Supt. Freeman Tetteh said a criminal investigation has begun into his conduct. He has been transferred to the Ministry police station.



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