Man hangs self on mango tree in Rivers

The Punch - - METRO - Chukwudi Akasike, Port Har­court

Aman in his early 40s has com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing him­self on a mango tree out­side his apart­ment in Ozuoba, Obio/ Ak­por Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Rivers State.

The man, who was iden­ti­fied as Eni­etie Edem, was said to have hanged him­self around 4.30am on Satur­day with­out leav­ing a sui­cide note.

Res­i­dents de­scribed Edem as a good man, adding that the fa­ther of one from Akwa Ibom State did not have any mis­un­der­stand­ing with his neigh­bours.

It was learnt that the po­lice came to the com­pound and ar­rested the man’s live-in lover be­fore the corpse was taken away.

It was also gath­ered that the man had com­plained to some of his friends that his lover was keep­ing late nights.

One of the res­i­dents said Edem was a very huge man, but be­gan to lose weight at a point be­fore he took his own life.

The res­i­dent, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said, “The man was from Akwa Ibom State and very friendly. It is true that the man was huge be­fore, but he had ema­ci­ated. I be­lieve that his loss of weight was be­cause he had no job. His ac­tion could be as a re­sult of mar­i­tal is­sues.

“It could be that the lover stay late out­side. The man talked about it with his neigh­bours. Even as the po­lice came to ar­rest the part­ner, she was say­ing the same thing that the man was com­plain­ing about her stay­ing out late in the night. But he never told any­body that he would kill him­self.”

An­other res­i­dent, who also spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Edem be­gan los­ing weight at a point be­fore he took his life, adding that his job­less­ness could have led him to com­mit sui­cide.

The res­i­dent stated, “We just came this morn­ing and saw this. Maybe he was tired of life be­fore he killed him­self. He was a very hefty man when we knew him; later, he be­gan to ema­ci­ate.

“The po­lice came in and ar­rested his part­ner. I knew him as a good man and he had no prob­lems with any­body. The man had no job, but was only man­ning the house he was liv­ing in for some­body. The owner of the house does not live around here.”

A man, who sim­ply iden­ti­fied him­self as Ibekwe, ex­plained that the de­ceased might have de­cided to kill him­self af­ter suf­fer­ing hard­ship.

When con­tacted, the state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Nnamdi Omoni, told our cor­re­spon­dent that he had not been briefed on the mat­ter, adding that he trav­elled out­side the state and only got back on Sun­day.

• Rivers CP, Mustapha Dan­daura

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