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Civil Servant Commits Suicide Over Unpaid Salaries

Matthias Nwogu

A civil servant with the Abia State ministry of lands and survey yesterday committed suicide over funds to purchase uniforms demanded by the wife for women’ 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 family’s monthly bills.

The civil servant identified only as Mr Nwakwo, who was in his fifties left a suicide note in his 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, 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 yesterday’s Mother’s Day, 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, “I believe his inability to foot the bill and other things may have resulted in the man committing suicide,” he said.

A written note dropped by the deceased which is now at the custody of the police in Ehimiri police station reads, “ I have no other place to go, no hope, nothing to give to my children to eat and no salary for the past four months, am sorry I have to do this.”

According to a community leader, Eric Nkwokocha , the community felt bad with the demise of the community member.

He also disclosed that the corpse has been deposited at the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia.

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