In a country that wants to spend a whooping N242.5 billion in conducting elections and about N6 billion in feeding policemen on election day, one Enyim Akpaga, has allegedly committed suicide in Amukabia village, Achalla, in the Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State due to hardship brought about by the ban on “OKada” (commercial motorcycle).
The 21-year-old man from Ebonyi State, a commercial motorcyclist reportedly killed himself as a result of hard times he faced since the Anambra State Government banned his trade in July this year.
Sources said that since the ban, Enyim could not find anything meaningful to do and he had often complained of being frustrated.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that Enyim was the second suicide case involving an okada operator in the state since the ban.
A source said that the Chairman of Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria in Awka and environs, Kingsley Nworah, had warned during the debate over Okada ban that 10,000 youths would lose their jobs in the area.
But the State government did not listen.
Police spokesman in Anambra State, Haruna Mohammed has confirmed the incident, saying it happened on Friday. However, he said the motive is yet to be ascertained. Investigation is still ongoing, he added.
Mr. Mohammed said, “One Sunday Okpaga of Ebonyi State but resides at Oye in Achalla, Awka North LGA reported at Achalla division that his cousin, one Enyim Akpaga allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself.
“Scene was visited by police detectives attached to Achalla Division and corpse was immediately taken for burial without autopsy to Ebonyi State by relatives who claimed and insisted that was part of their tradition.”
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in July, despite the hunger in the country and suffering of the masses, requested Senate’s approval of N242.45 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable it to commence preparations for 2019 general elections.
Part of the funds, according to the President’s request, will also be given to the Department of State Service and other security agencies for the same purpose.
The request was contained in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, dated July 11 and personally signed by Buhari.
It is however understood that the Senate has trimmed down the figure to about N143 billion.