Civil Servant Commits Suicide Over Unpaid Salaries
A civil servant with the Abia State ministry of lands and survey yesterday committed suicide over funds to purchaseÂ uniforms demanded by the wife for womenâ€™ s day celebration of their church.
The deceased it was learnt, has not received his salaries for some months and was finding it difficult to meet his familyâ€™s monthly bills.
The civil servant identified only as Mr Nwakwo, who wasÂ in his fiftiesÂ left a suicideÂ note in hisÂ sitting room before his wife and his three children returned back from church.
The deceased, who hails from Ihe Ndume. community in Umuahia North local government and a father of four children; two in primary schools, while the remaining two are in secondary schools,Â was said to have given excuses to the wife why he would not be going to church with them without indicating that he intended taking his life.
According to a family source who did not want his identity disclosed,the late civil servant before hanging himself often approached family members and some friends for financial assistance and raw food items to keep his family going
According to the source , ahead of yesterdayâ€™sÂ Motherâ€™s Day,Â the wife had asked her late husband for money to purchase the uniform clothes agreed by the women in the church to wear for the celebration, â€śI believeÂ his inability to foot the bill and other things may have resultedÂ in the man committing suicide,â€ť he said.
A written note dropped by the deceasedÂ which is now at the custodyÂ of the policeÂ in Ehimiri police station reads, â€ś I have no other place to go, no hope, nothing to give to my childrenÂ to eat and no salaryÂ for the past four months, am sorry I have to do this.â€ť
AccordingÂ to a community leader, Eric Nkwokocha ,Â the community felt bad with the demise of the community member.
He alsoÂ disclosed that the corpse has been deposited at the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia.
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