Newspaper vendor commits suicide in Sapele

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A 42- year- old newspaper vendor Amaechi, was on Thursday morning found dead after hanging himself with a rope tied to his room’s ceiling fan.

Although not much could be ascertained about the deceased person’s personality, The Nation gathered Amaechi, described as a rather withdrawn person who hardly interacted with his neighbours, was last seen on Monday.

According to one of his neighbours in the one-bedroom apartment, Amaechi was a native of Kwale in Delta state.

The neighbor said: “He was last seen on Monday when he was leaving the house; nobody knew when he came back to the house.

“We never knew he had hung himself in his room. It was only this morning when we were beginning to inhale some foul odour and people came to ask of him that we suspected foul play”.

Another source, who pleaded anonymity, said Amaechi was not known with any friend or wife, adding his only known family member was his older brother, who died in 2018.

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According to the source: “He was much of a mystery man; nobody knew much about him.

“We only knew him as Amaechi, not even his landlord knows his other name. He was not known with any friend or wife, the only family known with him was that his older brother, who died last year and since he died, we learned his family moved back to Kwale.

“What I heard was that he was last seen at the newspaper distribution centre on Monday when those who used to give him paper demanded that he should pay up what he owed.

‘’You know that sometimes vendors owe money for papers for a while before paying in bulk.

“They said he left the centre after he was asked to pay what he was owing and since then nobody has set eyes on him again until his corpse was found hanging in his room on Wednesday night.

‘’Like I was told, they said nobody at his place saw when he returned home or saw him again after that Monday morning.

“They said people had been coming to ask after him ever since, but when they started perceiving a foul odour, someone suggested that they broke through his window to be sure he was not in. That was when his body was discovered,” the source said.

Spokesman of the Delta Police Command, Mr Chris Orisewezie (ASP), said he was also informed of the development but could not immediately lay hands on details.

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