Abakaliki - Dejected by his inability to pay the fine imposed on him for stealing N1 000, a 32-year-old man, Simon Mbam has committed suicide by jumping into a river, reports NewsDay.
Mbam who jumped into a pond in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, found himself in the mess after confessing to stealing the money at a shop where he had gone buy drinks alongside his friends.
He was asked to produce two goats, two crates of beer and N5 000 as atonement for the crime.
The items were provided by the suspect’s mother but were rejected by the village head, who insisted that an additional N5 000 must be provided so that the matter would be completely resolved without involving the police.
The additional demand made the suspect, who felt embarrassed with the whole process, escape from his captors and jumped into Aku Pond.
Attempts to rescue him failed as he drowned before his body was retrieved by the villagers.
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