politician hangs self in Bayelsa, blames wife
The number of people with urge to commit suicide has increased as neighbours of one Gbemite Kitchen, in Yenagoa the capital of Bayelsa State could only find him dangling dead from sucide rope hooked on his ceiling fan.
Just in March, a medical doctor plunged into the lagoon in Lagos, while two other lades were rescued alive as they separately wanted to take away their lives in the same Lagos.
But Kitchen, with no suicide note around him, was seen by his neighbours of No. 6 Asingbi Street in the Amarata, where the 43 year-old, who had been unemployed for about seven years, was discovered dead on his suicide rope.
Neigbours said he was recently heard complain about on how he was depending on his wife and other people for survival.
There are two different versions of stories on why the former councilor and employee of Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state hung himself. A version said that Kitchen, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, took his own life because of his wife’s alleged infidelity and her refusal to have sex with him.
But another version said the man took his life because of hardship and frustration as he had been jobless since 2010 when his former employers allegedly relieved him of his job during verification.
he said his wife had been working hard to sustain the needs of the family without complaint.
The tragedy shook the neigbourhood and drew sympathisers and onlookers to the residence including family members, who were seen seated and discussing the incident in hushed tunes.
A lady, who claimed to be a younger sister of the deceased but refused her name to be mentioned, alleged that his brother’s relationship with the wife was estranged.
The caretaker of Kitchen’s apartment, the caretaker of the house, said the deceased had come to his room around 12 midnight to ask for a particular phone number.
He said, “we charged mobile phone together a night before Kitchen took away his life.
“His children were around throughout the night with him, but the wife was not around. Though, I saw him make several calls before searching for his wife’s whereabouts and he complained that wife was nowhere to be found.
“It was a big surprise and shock to me; I never believed that my own neighbour could be a victim of suicide.
“I was sleeping before his children and other neighbours started shouting and crying this morning.
“ At first, I thought it was armed robbers When I opened the door, I was led to one of the rooms upstairs where I saw his lifeless body dangling on the ceiling.
He died in a room that the children were not sleeping; I was the one that untied and brought him down; I tried to see if he could breathe again; I poured him water but all to no avail.
“Later I was told that he was making some angry calls midnight before he went to hang himself. I am confused and disturbed why he chose to kill himself leaving seven lovely children behind. It is unfortunate”
Another neighbour, who pleaded anonymity, alleged that the deceased was not in good terms with his wife, who is a petroleum products retailer.
He added that the deceased (Kitchen) had always complained that his wife was always away and that she usually starved him of sex.
The neighbour said, at the midnight, he went about knocking on the doors of the co-tenant’s rooms, complaining that he was looking for his wife. When he got to my room, I told him that she (his wife) was not here.
Some of us also tried to help him find his wife because her mobile phone indicated that it was switched off. Only for us to wake up this morning to discover that he had hanged himself, maybe it is because of the wife.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the incident had not been reported but that police will carry out adequate investigation on it.
By Martin Gozie(South South)