A 21-year-old student of Maritime Academy Oron, Effiong Otu committed suicide by hanging himself on a rope in his room on Thursday morning
after he was jilted by his girl friend.
Ann, a family member revealed that Effiong was found
hanging in his room at Diamond Hill, a few minutes after he
collected a rope from neighbours who 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.
According Ann: “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.”
Ann said: “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 before he hung himself, he called one of his friends, Adu
on phone requesting him to tell his girl friend, 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”
Perhaps to give an inkling of his planned action , Effiong had
posted on his facebook page on the 6th of July the following
“It’s not about being engaged, married or in a
relationship. It’s about being happy, safe, secured, relieved and
feeling good. It’s about peaceful state of mind, it’s about sleeping
at night without the fear of losing what you’ve got.
It’s being yourself and not someone else, it’s about feeling loved,
happy, respected, understood, cared for and appreciated.!
Goodnight my beautiful people!!
Effiong’s body has been removed and deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Calabar.