Out of job, truck driver commits suicide in Yenagoa

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Shrill cries of a young school girl tore through Etegwe community in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Monday as the dead body of a middle-aged man, Oliver Osieme, was found dangling on a rope in his room.

Osieme, a truck driver who hailed from Anambra State, was said to have killed himself at the afternoon hours of the day after his wife, who is a trader, and other close relations had gone to work.

A close relation told Morning Mail that nobody was in the house when the incident happened, adding that it was not until the afternoon that the young in-law of the deceased came back from school and saw his dead body.

The relation said: “Everybody including the wife had gone out, but the wife’s younger sister came back from school and noticed that the doors to his room and the apartment were locked:

Knowing that he was always at home since he lost his job as a truck driver, she kept on knocking. Then, she went to the window to see if she could gaze from the back. That was when she saw him hanging in his room”.

The relation added: “It’s a sad experience; nobody would have thought such thing would have been planned by him. The Police have just taken his body away. A young man, he was full of life.”

When our correspondent visited the home of the deceased on Tuesday morning, the whole community was in mourning as people were seen going into the apartment to see the widow, and others gathering around discussing the incident in hushed tones.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butwats, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that the matter had not been brought to his table.

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