Abia State Civil Service was thrown into mourning last Sunday, as one of their own took his life over unpaid salaries. 52-year-old Nwankwo, popularly called Dee, a staff of the Ministry of Lands and Survey, was said to have hanged himself in his sitting room while his wife and three children had left for church service in the morning.
His body dangling from the ceiling was said to have been discovered by his family members when they returned from church service in the afternoon. According to an eye witness, the wife was said to have raised an alarm that attracted neighbours who expressed shock at the ugly development, with some saying that the deceased had taken an extreme decision of taking his own life.
A source said the father of three had left a suicide note, saying that he could no longer bear the pangs of unpaid salaries and the attendant shame of not being able to live up to his responsibilities as husband and father. The suicide note, the source said has been given to the police while the body of the deceased was deposited at the mortuary.
The deceased, who hailed from Ihie Ndume in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state was said to have been agonizing over the difficulties he had been facing to fend for his family, including his inability to buy the wrapper his wife requested for in celebration of the Mother’s Sunday.
Source: Daily Times