Chief Ekanem Edet, former secretary of the Mbiabong village, Itam in Itu Local Government Area of AkwaIbom, popularly called Jolly Boy, yesterday hanged himself, blaming it on the current economic situation in the country
Few days to his death, according to a family source, the deceased, 50, said to be married with two sons, had been in the habit of complaining about the current economic crunch that has heavily impacted negatively on the living standards of the common people.
”Jolly Boy”, who deals on ‘Ogogoro’, cigarettes and other stimulants, according to a family source, decided to cut short his stay on earth when it appeared, he could no longer run his small family with the meager earnings from the illicit trade.
“He was a very sociable man and always shared his thoughts on issues. I don’t know why he should consider suicide as the last option to escape from these hard times, only God knows”, OkonEffiong, a close associate of the deceased, lamented.
He recalled that ‘Jolly Boy’, who was immediately buried after some traditional rites of passage had been performed, was discovered dead cold with a rope round his neck by his friend, who came to visit him that fateful day.