Retired Customs Officer Commits Suicide In Abia

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A retired Customs officer, Mr. Eke Nweke has committed suicide at the Ngwaiyiekwe Community in Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of Abia State. gathered that Nweke who was relocated to his in-law’s residence in the community after a failed suicide attempt in Port Harcourt, was said to have used a locally made pistol to shoot himself and died before he could get medical attention.

An eyewitness account told our correspondent that the ex Customs man who is a native of Item in Bende LGA took his in-law’s family unawares as he stole out of the house with a pistol and shot himself before the latter could wake up in the morning.


Though reports about the incident is still sketchy as at press time, residents of the community described Nweke as an easy going fellow wondering why he had to take his life.


A neighbor who shares a fence with Nweke’s in-law’s said, “It was some minutes after 4am, we heard a gunshot and not knowing where it came from, I was afraid to come out because there was no light at that time. I alerted my family, later we heard people shouting from that compound. We joined to see what happened only to see the man lying in a pool of his blood.” further gathered that the deceased did not leave a suicide note neither did he disclose any matter troubling him which may have led him into committing suicide.


“The only thing they (the family) told us was that the man took them unawares. They said the man went out while other members of the family were sleeping and shot himself. They said it was the sound of the gun that woke them, “a resident quoted the victim’s in-laws to have said.


The locally made pistol, our correspondent learnt, has been handed over to Ugwunagbo Police Station who are said to be investigating the incident.


As at the time of filing this report, Abia State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Geoffrey Ogbonna could not be reached on his mobile number, but a Police source who is part of the investigating team confirmed the suicide incident and failed to give further details.


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