Tragedy struck in Okpanam, Delta State, after a 40-year-old electrician, Victor Edem, committed suicide over alleged weak erectile challenges and his inability to impregnate women.
Mr Edem, a resident of Okpanam Community, near Asaba, Delta State, was found dead on Monday night inside his room where he had been living with his wife and son before they separated last year, as a result of the erectile challenges.
According to family sources, Mr Edem, who was a native of Calabar, Cross River State, had confided in one of his friends about the challenge, threatening to take his own life if he could not find a cure to the ailment.
It was also gathered that Mr Edem had been spending so much money on the ailment until he got frustrated along the line and decided to commit suicide.
Speaking to newsmen on condition of anonymity, one of the residents of the quarters where Mr Edem lived, said the deceased went through “pathetic and inhuman torture” in the hands of his ex-wife as a result of the sickness, before packing out of his house.
According to the resident, it became clear that Mr Edem’s genitalia was demobilized after his repeated efforts to stay with a couple of women proved difficult.
When contacted, the state Police Commissioner, Hafiz Inuwah confirmed the incident, saying that it was clear that the victim intentionally decided to take his own life as he didn’t leave any suicide note.
Mr Inuwah, however, said that two telephone numbers were found inside the room where Mr Edem’s body was dangling from the ceiling.
One of the elders in Okpanam Community, who spoke to Journalists, Ogbueshi Osakwe, disclosed that Mr Edem had committed an abomination by taking his own life over his alleged erectile malfunctioning, stressing that the deceased might face “dire consequences” in the heaven.
According to Mr Osakwe, the curse of Okpanam Community is upon him as it remained a taboo for anyone to commit suicide in the community.
Investigations by this reporter revealed that in the last few months, no fewer than six persons had committed suicide in Okpanam, Asaba and Ibusa communities over alleged joblessness, health, and financial challenges.