Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The people of Isu community in Etche Local government of Rivers State have been thrown into shock over what they described as evil manipulation on the life of 20-year-old Chidi Nwauwa who took his life by handing.
Some chiefs and elders in the community who insisted that his remains would not be buried but to be thrown inside the forest condemned the act of suicide and described it as a taboo to the community.
An eyewitness, Mr. Chikanwa Nweke said the late Nwauwa committed the suicide after his elder brother accused him of stealing his N4, 000.
Nweke said though, he repeatedly denied that he did not see the money he was accused of, adding his relatives including members of the community were shocked when they saw his remains dangling on the tree at the back of the compound.
He noted that community members were not happy on how he ended his life and has protested that his body should be thrown inside the forest.
Nweke said: “The community said it is a taboo and abomination for a young man like the late Nwauwa to take his life when he still have parents and brothers who are older than him. They protested that he should not be buried but to be thrown inside the forest.
“But we thank the community that they later allowed us to bury him. It was just a minor argument after he was accused of stealing money which was just N4,000 but we were surprised when we saw his lifeless body on the tree.”