A civil servant in Abia State on Sunday hung himself over alleged non-payment of his salary.
The victim, identified as Dee Nwankwo, 52, until the sad incident, was a member of staff of the state’s Ministry of Lands and Survey.
His lifeless body was found dangling in his sitting room on Sunday afternoon after his family members returned from a church service.
According to a family source, the widow of the deceased and his three children had gone to church but he stayed back in the house, unknown to them that he was planning to take his life.
The source said that when the family members returned to the house, they were confronted with Nwankwo’s lifeless body with a rope tied to the ceiling fan.
According to the source, the deceased left behind a note where he gave reasons for his action.
The source said: “The man said that he could no longer cope with the frustrations associated with months of unpaid salaries as he could no longer meet up with his responsibilities to the family.”
He added that the suicide note was handed over to the police when they came to pick up Nwankwo’s corpse which was deposited in the mortuary.
The man’s problems must have been compounded by his inability to provide for his family in recent times.
The source said that the late Nwankwo had on Saturday begged him for rice for the family but he could not assist him because he had exhausted his.
The source said that “the shame of not meeting the basic needs of his family must have led him into this sad end.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Udeviotu Onyeke, said that he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ehimiri on the incident.
Meanwhile, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has described the incident as “very unfortunate.”
Through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu, the governor said that he was yet to get the report of the incident but added that it would be investigated to establish the real cause of it.
He said that when he “is properly briefed about the incident,” he would order an investigation to ascertain if it had anything to do with salary arrears.