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60-year-old man hangs self in Ekiti


Itapaji community of Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State was yesterday thrown into mourning and confusion when an old man, Mr. Daniel Sakpe, hanged himself in the Omobayi area of Itapaji.

It was gathered that Sakpe, a father of five, left his wife at about 12 midnight on Monday, with the excuse that he wanted to go to the toilet to ease himself. He had stayed away for longer than necessary without his return.

His worried wife then called out severally but didn’t get an answer. That led her to raise the alarm and woke up one of their children, identified as Deborah Sakpe, who went looking for her father.Deborah, it was further gathered, found her father’s body hanging on a rope inside the house after flashing the torchlight towards the ceiling.

Neighbours, who expressed shock at the tragic development, said the deceased was not moody and did not give any hint he would commit suicide as he had been part of those who conducted the church services on Sunday, where he was in high spirit.When called to confirm the development, the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Caleb Nwachukwu, said he was yet to be briefed and promised to get back once he confirms the incident.

Meanwhile, a police source confided to newsmen that officials from Ikole police station have recovered his body and has begun investigation into the incident.

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