Thursday, 13 October 2016

A Man Commits Suicide In Delta State, Blaming Hunger

A 60-year-old man in Ughelli Delta state, Okporo Arigo, has hung himself on a tree, leaving a note stating reasons for his action

– Arigo, whose younger brother is a
serving councillor at the Ughelli north
legislative arm, was discovered in the bush
with the suicide note nearby his dangling
lifeless body. Citing his inability to feed and provide for his immediate family as reasons for his action.

The victim, Okporo Arigo, was said to have
hung himself on a tree and left a note
stating why he took the drastic measure,
The Nation reports.

Arigo, whose younger brother is a serving
councillor at the Ughelli north legislative
arm, was discovered in the bush with the
suicide note nearby his dangling lifeless
body.

A member of the Uwheru community
executive, who spoke on condition of
anonymity on the issue said the suicide left
by victim claimed his inability to feed and
provide for his immediate family made him
end his life.

“He claimed to have embarked on the act
to put a stop on his inability to take care of
his immediate family after his younger
brother, who is a serving councillor,
abandoned him to his fate,” the source
said.

The source claimed that the late Arigo’s
younger brother had not been paid in the
last 10 months by the state government.
The source added: “I don’t think the man
would have died if the state government
had been paying the councillors their
salaries. I believe the payment was part of
what that led to the death of the
councillor’s brother.”

Since Nigeria slid into economic recession,
the cases of suicide has been skyrocketing
due to the spate of hardship in the country.
In September, Vanguard reported that a
50-year-old man, identified as Chief
Ekanem Edet, in in Itu local government
area of Akwa Ibom state hung himself,
leaving a suicide note in which he blamed
his action on harsh economic condition.

According to a recent report by the
Nigerian Police Force, about 62 Nigerians
have committed suicide due to the
depression associated with economic
depression since the official announcement
was made in August. The motivation
behind the suicide saga is still been
investigated by the authorities.



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