Hardship: 40-year-old man dies after jumping inside well

A 40-year-old man has committed suicide by jumping into a deep well on Douglas Ogbonna/Gabriel Street in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

It was gathered that the man was frustrated about life following continued hardship in the recent past without solution.

An eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Uchechi, stated that the people around the area were surprised by the incident.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning.

He said, “The well is a few metres away from the shop of a woman who sells akamu, bread and akara.

“The man came there about 9 am, stood beside the well for some time before he opened it and jumped inside it.

“Immediately, the people who came to buy akara raised the alarm and alerted policemen. The landlady is being interrogated by the police.

“In fact, the man deceived the people who were there and nobody even thought that he came with such a bad intention.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebonyi State Command, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident.

“Actually somebody called me and told me that they were trying to remove a body of a frustrated man who fell into a well and I gave him a number of one of our men and until now I have not heard anything again.

“But, I was actually called and we are still waiting for details,” she explained.

It was learnt that the body had been removed and deposited at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital (FUTHA 2) mortuary.


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