Residents of the Mbiabong Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State were thrown into mourning when the lifeless body of Chief Ekanem Edet, dangled from a rope tied to the roof of his room.
Reports say the middle-aged man (former Secretary of the Mbiabong Village Council, popularly called Jolly Boy) who didn’t want to let any of his family members in on his plan, waited until his wife and two sons went out before taking his life while also leaving behind a suicide note blaming the present economic situation in the country for his action.
Friend to the deceased, Mr. Okon Effiong revealed that Edet was immediately buried after some traditional rites were carried out while also confirming the suicide note left by his late pal.
“He was a very sociable man and always shared his thoughts on issues. I do not know why he should consider suicide as the last option to escape from these hard times”, Effiong lamented.
Many who knew Edet revealed that he was always complaining that he could no longer take care of his family from the meager pay he earns from selling Ogogoro, cigarettes and other stimulants.
A pastor at a local church in the area who knew Edet said; “He used to complain that his petty business was no longer fetching him and his family basic needs such as food, clothing and fees for the children’s education.
“He was always blaming government for the economic policies that do not allow him afford basic commodities such as garri, bread, yam, rice, beans, oil, kerosene and other essential goods.”
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