Friday, July 22, 2011

Pastor commits suicide in Akwa Ibom

A clergyman in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Henshaw Asuquo, on Wednesday committed suicide by hanging, the Nigeria newspapers reports.Family sources told Nigeria newspapers on Thursday that Asuquo, who is in his late 20s told his wife, who resides with him in Eket, that he wanted to visit his home in Esit Eket Local Government where he committed suicide.

The deceased reportedly concealed the rope with which he hung himself when he got to the village.

The pastor’s younger brother, Mr. Godwin Asuquo confirmed the incident.

He told Nigeria newspapers that ”there was actually no reason for anyone to have suspected anything because when he came he discussed with relatives normally and entered his room.

”It was when his meal was served that the lady who cooked the food discovered his body dangling from the ceiling.”

The deceased, who hailed from Afaha Ekpenedi community in Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, was an upcoming minister in the Church of Christ in Eket.

When Nigeria newspapers visited the compound of the deceased on Thursday morning, arrangements were already under way to bury his remains, while sympathisers thronged the community as the news spread.

Police sources in Esit Eket said that they were ignorant of the incident and so could not comment on it.

Nigeria newspapers gathered that the family resolved to bury the late clergy man after performing necessary traditional rites.

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