Rivers Community in Shock as Father of One Commits Suicide
By Emmanuel Onwuka
Residents of Ozouba Community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area are in shock following the discovery of a father of one who took his life over the weekend.
Late Enietie Edem was found hanging from a mango tree in the compound he lives. His partner, Belove Ofiamete told our correspondent that she found her partner’s corpse at about 6am this morning after he stepped out to buy baby food.
While narrating that the family has been going through financial crisis, she said she was shocked that late Enietie would take such an action leaving her to fend for their child alone.
“This morning by 4:30am, he was the one that first woke up” said Belove. “I reminded him to go and give that woman N250 let him go and buy milk for our son, so he said he will go at 5am.”
“I entered and went back to bed, I never knew that was what he was planning to do. Six o’clock I woke up, I called him to come open the door, he did not respond. I pushed the door open only to see him outside hanging himself. I ran, carried the body to the Police station.”
According to Belove, who disclosed that she had no details of the family of late Enietie, she also revealed that he usually expressed his financial frustration by physically abusing her. She further revealed she had before now made a complaint to Ozouba Police Station on the matter.
“I don’t know his place but he told me the first time that he is from Eket. I moved in here with him on February 19, 2018, and since then have been staying together.”
“On Monday, I went to the Police station to report that he has been beating me, the Policewoman asked me if I should allow the Police to come and arrest him, I told her no, that I didn’t want the Police involved, but they called him and gave him advice” said Belove.
Meanwhile, residents of the area have described the Late Enietie Edem as a friendly person who usually kept to himself. They said he had been acting as caretaker of the compound which he lives alone with his wife and child for over three years.
As at the time of filing this report the corpse of the late Enietie Edem is yet to be removed from the scene of the incident. Our correspondent gathered that before a corpse of such incident is removed, traditional observances are first made.
A crowd of persons from far and near trooped to catch a glimpse of the deceased, who still hangs from the tree. Some persons were seen taking photographs of the corpse and posting on their social media handles, with children among those who came to take a look at the corpse.
However, Neuro-Psychiatrist Ruth Nyebuchi-Philips has warned against children being allowed to see corpse of suspected suicide victims.
Dr. Nyebuchi-Philips, Senior Registrar Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, said children who are allowed to see such graphic images may end up traumatized, and might even replicate such actions at their young age or later in life.
She said: “It could affect the children, it might increase differences in their brain that this is something terrible.”
“And this is another form of emotional trauma, some might not understand it, that’s the very small ones but the ones that will understand what it is, it might not be something that will leave their memory for a long time.”
“And if peradventure they become sad or depressed or they have thoughts of harming themselves, these pictures that they have seen might prop up in their memory” warned the Neuro-Psychiatrist.
The Neuro-Psychiatrist further called for the speedy removal of corpses of suspected suicide victims from the scene of the incident. She said the exposure of such corpse and the manner in which they committed the act, could trigger individuals who are suicidal to attempt it.