Ex-Customs officer commits suicide in Abia

A retired Customs officer, Eke Nweke, has reportedly committed suicide at Ngwaiyiekwe Community in Abia State.

Nweke first attempted suicide in Port Harcourt before he was relocated to his in-law’s town, where he used a locally made pistol to shoot himself, and died before he could get medical attention.

The ex-customs officer, who is a native of Item in Bende LGA took his in-law’s family unawares, as he quietly left the house with a pistol and shot himself before they could wake up in the morning.

The deceased, who was described as an easy-going man did not leave a suicide note or disclose any matter troubling him which may have led him into committing suicide.

The locally made pistol was handed over to Ugwunagbo Police Station who are said to be investigating the incident.

Meanwhile two Customs officers, Felola Uzezi and Mohammed Sanni, attached to Gbaji customs checkpoint, have been arrested by the Police over the alleged rape of a 23-year-old girl.

The incident according to reports occurred at Limca Bus Stop area, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway, residence of one of the suspects, Felola Uzezi.

It was learnt that the victim (names withheld) and Uzezi met on Facebook, a social media platform and they both became friends. After months of online chatting she agreed to visit the suspect.

According to reports, Uzezi invited Sanni, his colleague over to his place when the victim, who resides around Badagry area, came visiting. Uzezi was said to have pleaded with the victim to allow him make love to her. She refused, saying she was on her monthly circle. However, when Sanni arrived, they became violent and allegedly took turns raping her. Afterwards, Uzezi was said to have given the victim his boxer’s shorts to clean up with.

She immediately reported the incident to Area K Police Command and the suspects have been picked up. Officers were said to have found blood stains on Uzezi’s bed and the boxers with which the victim allegedly cleaned up herself. The case will be transferred to Panti for further investigation.

When contacted by SHIPS & PORTS DAILY, Area Controller of the Seme command, Controller Willy Egbudin said he is yet to confirm the authenticity of the report.

According to him, the command was only able to identify one of the accused as its officer even as he pointed out that the victim was the officer’s girlfriend.

“We are not too sure if it is true because one of them is not even a customs officer as we later found out. When we checked our records we find out that one of the said officers’ name is not there. But I think the victim is the customs officer’s girlfriend but we are still trying to find out all the details surrounding the incident. Details are still sketchy”, he said.