Man takes own life in Akwa Ibom ahead of father’s burial


Otomo Community in Ika Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State was on Monday thrown into mourning as a 46-year old man identified as Aniekan Peter Sunday allegedly killed himself in his uncompleted building in the area.
The reasons the deceased took his life could not be ascertained as at press time as some villagers who spoke with DAILY POST said they were taken aback by the tragic incident.
But it was gathered that the deceased, the only surviving son, was expected to bury his late father next Friday.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ika local government, Musa Rilwanu who visited the scene of the suicide after the incident was expressed shock at the incident.
Meanwhile, the village head of the community, Chief Sunday Thomas Mbaba expressed grief at the tragedy, describing it as ‘barbaric and shocking.’
“Early this morning, a youth from this community, Philip came to my compound and informed me of the said barbaric act , so I immediately went to the police station to inform the DPO about the unfortunate incident,” the village head said.
A native of the village also told our correspondent that the deceased had packed into his uncompleted building two weeks ago.
He said it was sad that the deceased died leaving his poor aged mother and relatives.
State police spokesman, Odiko MacDon, DSP, told DAILY POST that he was not aware of the incident as it had not yet been reported to State Police headquarters.
“I have not been informed about the incident but it is very sad and unfortunate if it is true that the man took his life,” MacDon said, promising that the police will investigate the matter.

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