Asaba – A commercial tricycle operator popularly known as Keke rider on Thursday allegedly committed suicide in Sapele, Delta State.
The deceased, a father of two and simply identified as Kevwe, was said to have taken an insecticide known as ‘sniper’ to terminate his life after failing to raise N170,000.00 for medical treatment.
He was said to have swallowed the sniper right inside his tricycle within the Olympia area, along Abeke by Adeola road in Sapele.
His body was seen dangling inside the Keke while the can of the sniper was also sighted.
According to a local source, Kevwe has been battling an unknown ailment for a long time, only to be told recently by doctors that he needed N170,000.00 before January 27 for treatment.
Kevwe was said to have been frustrated after relatives and friends he approached for assistance could not do much to help his cause.
“He has been suffering from ailment since last year and his family has been treating him. Just last month, he went to see the doctor again and they told him to bring one hundred and seventy thousand naira, now see what he has done.
“How will he come to the Olympia, the center of the town and drink sniper, killing himself in the process,” the source wondered.
The victim’s mother said Kevwe has been threatening to kill himself for some time now.
“He was in my house this morning and it was in my house that he took his bath and I even bought bread and a bottle of Fanta for him.
“He was complaining about the same problem and I told him to be hopeful that we will raise the cash. Now, see what he has done,” the mother wailed.