A 21-year-old student of Maritime Academy Oron, Akwa Ibom, Effiong Otu has taken his own life after being jilted by his girlfriend.
Ann, a family member disclosed to Vanguard that Effiong was found hanging in his room at Diamond Hill, Calabar, shortly after he collected a rope from neighbours. They became suspicious soon after he went inside his room with the rope wondering what he wanted to use it for.
According to the source, when his mother Grace Otu, a nurse at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital left the house at about 3pm on that fateful day, the young man borrowed a rope and killed himself.
“The 10th of July was the 10th anniversary of his father’s death in a car accident and after the anniversary and everyone had left the house including his mother, he went to a neighbour and borrowed a rope which he took to his room and hung himself,” said Ann.
“The neighbours became suspicious of what he was doing in his room with the rope and decided to rush there but found the door to the room locked and before they could force the door open he had died,” she said.
According to her, before he hung himself, he called one of his friends, Adu on phone requesting him to tell his girlfriend, Blessing who works with the UNICEM that she should now be happy that he has killed himself for her.
“Before his friend could rush to the house, the door had already been forced open by neighbours and Effiong’s body was hanging from the ceiling of the house”.
Ann stated that Effiong was an only son of the family and was given the late father’s name as a source of succor for the family but “he has again left us by this thoughtless action”
Effiong’s body had since been removed and deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Calabar.