In Cross River: 67-year-old pensioner commits suicide


The Ikot Ansa area of Calabar, Cross River State has been thrown into mourning, after a 67-year old pensioner, identified as Okon Edet Iwang, committed suicide.

Iwang, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State took his own life on Sunday night in front of his room at 13B, Ekpo Iso Lane, Ikot Ansa in Calabar.

Speaking with Vanguard, a source, who wished not to be named, disclosed that the deceased who retired from the Industrial Trust Fund, ITF, used the clothing line to hang himself.

According to the source, Iwang who is also known as Ette Aniette, was suffering from diabetes for close to three years, but was gradually recovering before he decided to commit suicide.

The source said, “Before going to church yesterday evening (Sunday), I saw him and when I also came back at about 10:30p.m. we greeted. I was shocked when I woke up this morning (yesterday) to see his lifeless body dangling. ‎

“He was recovering from his sickness because the diabetic sore on his leg was healing very fine.

“We are still in shock that Ette Aniette, as he is popularly known, could muster such courage. He was a very peaceful man.”

The source also disclosed that Edet was still receiving his pension and was even re-engaged on a contract basis before the incident happened.

“He slumped sometime ago and went into 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 started developing partial blindness and I think depression also started setting in. We had to call his son, Aniette, to come and stay with him.

“His wife had left him during the peak of his illness and before that, he lost one of his children. We believe all these must have contributed to his decision to commit suicide.

“We called the police immediately and they took his corpse away,” the source added.