A depressed 67-year-old man who has been battling with acute diabetes has decided to commit suicide in Calabar.
According to eyewitnesses, other residents woke up in the morning of Tuesday, August 23, 2016, to meet the dangling body of the man fondly called Ete Anietie, on a rope in front of his room, sending shock waves down the spines of the neighbours.
It was gathered that the deceased, an indigene of Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, had been living in Calabar for many years and had been suffering from acute diabetes for over three years now, and was gradually overcoming the ailment before he decided to end it all.
A shocked neighbour who narrated the strange find, narrated thus:
“Before going to church on Sunday evening, I saw him and when I also came back at 10: 30 pm., we greeted, but I was shocked when I woke up this morning to see his lifeless body dangling in the air.
He used the rope that we normally use in spreading clothes to hang himself right in front of his door and as it rained at night, we believe he did it around 1 or 2am when people were sleeping.
He was getting better, he was recovering from his sickness because the diabetic sore on his leg was healing very fine but we were surprised.
We are still in shock, that Ette Anietie as he is popularly known could muster the courage to kill himself. It is a sad day for us because he was a very peaceful man.”
Another resident who knew the deceased well, said he was a retiree from the Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), and was still receiving his pension and was even re-engaged on a contract basis before he was finally stopped due to his deteriorating health.
“He slumped sometime ago and went into a coma which lasted for about three months. He was paid off after he came back from the hospital. The sickness affected his eyes because he developed partial blindness and I think depression also started setting in."
"We had to call his son, Anietie to come and stay with him. His wife had left him at the peak of his illness and before that, he lost one of his children.
We believe all this must have made him commit suicide. We called the police immediately and they took his corpse away,” the neighbour added.
See the graphic photo of the hanging man in Pulse Gallery.