A frustrated man has allegedly committed suicide over hunger in the Umuadafa community of Awo Mbieri in the Mbaitoli council area of Imo State.
The 45-year-old man, Osita Ezuruike, was said to have been complaining that he was tired of starving and had threatened to commit suicide if the lockdown was extended.
A reliable source from the community, Udeh, who expressed shock over the tragic incident, said Osita Ezuruike might have decided to end his life due to frustration over the COVID-19 lockdown.
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According to Udeh: “Osita Ezuruike was a petty trader and it appeared the lockdown imposed by the government adversely affected his psyche as he had been idle with no income.
“Since the lockdown, he had not been able to do anything and I think the situation apparently affected him. We were surprised this morning when we heard that he finally hung himself, so we quickly alerted the police.”
The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO), Orlando Ikeokwu, said the body has been deposited in the morgue.
According to him, “on April 27, acting on a report, operatives of the divisional police headquarters in Mbieri moved to Umudafa, Awo Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA, in a house belonging to one Osita Ezuruike, 45, and met the body of the said Osita hanging on a tree. The reason for taking his life could not be ascertained.
“However, the body has been deposited to the morgue, while an investigation into the incident has commenced .”