The body of a retired army captain in the Nigerian army, identified as Friday William, was found dangling from a mango tree in Calabar on Monday, May 23, 2016.
A report in the Cross River Watch indicates that the body of the deceased army captain hails from Mkpat Enin Local Government in Akwa Ibom State but lived with his family in Calabar.
His death, neighbours said, took them by surprise as he was never seen to have any challenge of any kind.
He was said not to be desperate, living in his own house, owned three cars with his eight children said to be faring well.
A neighbor, Abasi Imoh, said they were taken by surprise to wake up in the morning and find his body dangling on the mango tree, maintaining that they cannot ascertain what could have led to the captain killing himself.
According to him, Captain William had sent a text message to one of his sons who lives in Port Harcourt, at about 10pm, to condole with him over his own death and advised him to be strong to take care of his siblings.
He said, “But the son did not see the message until he got a call the next morning that his father had committed suicide and I feel he had tied the rope ready for the act before he sent the text.
He was not poor because he had three cars and had built a house in his village and was generally doing well; that is why we were surprised with his action.”