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Ayade’s aide attempts suicide over unpaid salary

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One of the newly appointed aides of the Cross River State governor, Mr Freeman Godwin, was on Monday rescued from committing suicide over the non-payment of his salary.

Godwin who is from Obudu Local Government Area with Governor Ben Ayade Ayade was appointed in November last year and so far he has not been paid alongside most appointees that were engaged the same time with him.

Godwin attempted the suicide in the Office of the Auditor General where he works but was rescued by his colleagues.

“when the time reaches for work, they will use you and dump you,” Godwin said in a video shared on social media. “Now they throw you here and there as if you are nobody. I will die for this government. They play me up and down, sending me here and there. I am ready to die.”

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He said that the entire arrangement is poor and “I am ready to die in this office. I have chosen by myself to take my life. I lost everything. I was there living my life and they called me to take appointment. They asked me to borrow money to do clearance.

“At the end of the day they select some people and pay #100, 000. They are telling me Ben Ayade said so and I should go and get a letter from Been Ayade. Please don’t touch me. I will die for them….i sold everything to pay that young man.

“I borrowed money, came here and did documentation hoping that when I am paid, I will pay back the loan. See, my wife is born through Ceaseran Section a baby girl, I just said let me see what I can do” but it’s all frustrating.

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The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita confirmed the incident to some newsmen but declined any comment.

Government sources said Godwin was appointed in November last year and he is working in the Auditor General’s office, adding “His matter is just like few others that are being looked into. He did not need to attempt suicide.”

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