Residents of Rumueme community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State were thrown into mourning last weekend when a 34-year-old resident of Agip Gate, Mgboshimini, committed suicide barely two months after his wedding.
It was gathered that the victim, identified as Mr. Kelechukwu Francis, was a well known auto mechanic, who had workshops in several parts of Port Harcourt before he ended his own life on Friday evening.
Eyewitnesses said he took the unholy route to an early grave when his wife caught him with an ex-girlfriend in a beer parlour in the area, and engaged his concubine in an intense argument that degenerated into a fierce fight.
Curiously, it was gathered that the deceased left the scene and went to his house, and wore the clothes he had worn on his wedding day two months earlier, and hung himself from the ceiling fan. He did not, however, leave a note to explain the motive for his action.
When Nation Evening Express got to the scene, the Police had already taken over the place. Attempts by our reporter to take photographs of the suicide scene were thwarted by the policemen, who seized his camera.
However, a tenant at the victim’s compound, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the victim’s action was probably motivated by a feeling of guilt and shame following his tumultuous relationship with his ex-girl friend, who reportedly put a curse on him after he ditched her for the lady he eventually married.
Our source said: “Do you know that the man dated his former girlfriend for many years; the lady did everything to please him. Yet, he abandoned her and got married to another woman and later went back to the same lady who had angrily invoked many spirits to deal with him during his wedding. I saw the lady with my two eyes during his (decease) wedding; she was crying with a heavy heart.”
A relative of his distraught wife told Nation Evening Express that she (wife) was too shocked by the incident. “She was amazed when she saw her husband hanging from the ceiling fan in the house. No matter what happened, he shouldn’t have taken this path. It is shameful.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State command, Mr. Ben Ugwuebulam, who was contacted, refused to take our reporter’s call; although a policeman at the scene confirmed that the police were investigating the incident.