Effiong Otu, a 21-year-old student of Maritime Academy Oron, committed suicide on Thursday morning by hanging himself on a rope in his room, allegedly after his girlfriend broke up with him.
A family member named Ann, revealed to Vanguard Newspaper, that he was found hanging in his room, a few minutes after he collected a rope from neighbours. They were suspicious when he went into his room with the rope.
Reports state that his mother Grace Otu, a nurse at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, left the house at 3 PM on that day, then Effiong borrowed the roped and committed suicide.
“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.
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 revealed.
According to Ann, before he hung himself, he called a friend on the phone telling him to tell his ex girlfriend Blessing that she would now be happy that he has killed himself for her.
He was the only son of his family.
His last Facebook post, read “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 is currently in the mortuary of the General Hospital, Calabar.