Father of seven hangs self in Imo

nigeria-africanglobeTENSION has pervaded the air in the Umueze 11 autonomous community in Ehime Mbano Local Council of Imo State since last weekend over the death, suspected to be by suicide, of one Levi Uduji, who until then was said to have been a gentleman in the area. Until his death, he was a father of seven children.

As at press time, nobody has ascertained the real cause of his death, but it was strongly suspected that Uduji must have hung himself for undisclosed reasons.

According to a family source, the late Uduji’s lifeless body was found hanging on a tree in the morning hours around the boundary zone between Umuezeala, Ubara, Umuoparaiwe, a farmland adjacent to a stream near Umuozu, Isiala Mbano Local Council of the state, when an intensive search for the deceased was conducted by some community leaders of the area.

The source disclosed to The Guardian that the deceased was spotted alone last weekend in the evening carrying a wrapper carefully put in a polythene bag and heading to visit his sister in Umuezeala, Owerre, in the council, not knowing that he had another mission in mind.

Remains of the deceased have been buried at the scene of suicide, after some rituals were done in line with the culture of the area, the source concluded.

Police sources in the council said the matter was being handled to find out what led to the man’s death.

Before his death, the late Uduji was said to have lived in Benin City, Edo State for several years before returned to his ancestral home with his family. His strange death has kept people wondering what must have led to the suspected suicide.

“He was such a gentleman. We do not know what led to that,” the source lamented.

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