A man has ended his life in dramatic fashion after drinking otapiapia (local poison) because his wife dumped him for her ex-boyfriend in Abuja.
The man in his mid-30s identified as Godwin left relations, friends and neighbours in shock over the matter. According to Dailytrust, the victim, from Cross River State, lost his first wife sometimes ago and thereafter got hooked to the latest one who, he claimed, her uncaring behaviour made him to drink a poisonous substance called Otapiapia.
However, things were not all that rosy between him and the new wife. He became depressed after the lady left him for the ex-boyfriend. It was gathered that before he killed himself, he first went to the lady’s apartment and informed her that if anything happened to him, she would be held responsible.
“Initially nobody thought he was serious,” one of the man’s relations said. “Even the lady thought he was joking. But we were all shocked to hear that he drank Otapiapia.
“He was not lucky as all efforts to save him proved abortive. He was given palm oil to drink and vomit the poison but it did not work. We rushed him to a nearby hospital where the doctor and other medical workers battled unsuccessfully to save him.”
One of the residents said: “Could you believe that he called many friends and relations earlier on that fateful day to inform them that he was embarking on a very far journey?
“He even visited various joints in the area before going back home later to take enough dose of Otapiapia. It’s very unfortunate. Nobody should take his or her own life under any circumstance.”
The source, said the corpse was taken to the village by some of the late man’s relations.