By Esada Uyono
As stories continue to evolved over why Ameachi, a popular newspaper vendor in Sapele, Delta State committed suicide in his one room apartment in the Okpe road area of the town, Advocate can authoritatively reveal that the 44 years old took his life because of a medical condition that has bedevilled him over the years coupled with huge load of debts.
According to a source who claim to be Ameachi’s neighbour “he was obviously sick, but very few people he could confide in, he was an extreme introvert. The years he spent here, he was on talking terms with two or three persons including the landlord, so it was really hard to know what was wrong with him but we spoke ” the source who craved for anonymity said.
“Ameachi was suffering from a medical condition which he was battling with, he never told anyone about it but I got to know about it when he could not refund the cash I loaned him, after sometime he was avoiding me and when I stormed his place one midnight to demand my money, he told me a story that brought tears to my eyes that he is facing a serious medical condition and when I insisted I wanted my Money, he wanted to undress to show me what he was struggling from, with tears in his eyes”
The newspaper vendor who is commonly known as ‘Do broa” was said to have told another colleague (a newspaper vendor) that he was suffering from a medical condition, he was scared might kill him, I wanted to advise him on why he was always owing and why he was not managing his income despite the huge sales he was making, he called me to the back of the vendors office and right there he said he was looking for money for operation, or the medical condition would soon kill him, I am sure this would have led to why he committed suicide and coupled with the debt, I am sure he just felt the easy way out was to take his life” the colleague who also craved anonymity said Ameachi was owing close to fifty thousand naira before he hanged himself.
However more revelations has come to the fore over Ameachi last days. A man who simply wants to be addressed as Anthony said it was obvious Ameachi was going through depression. The man who has a shop in Sapele market close to where the man who has been a vendor for over 25 years, hawks his newspapers said the past 2 weeks, it was obvious something was wrong with him “we all called him ‘ ‘ ‘Do Broa’ because each time you exchange felicitations with him, he was always replying, Do Broa.
“He would come to my shop and bring papers for me , but I notice for sometime now, he has suddenly withdrawn, he hardly talk and when I spoke to him, he said he was fine but I knew he was going through an issue that has made him withdrawn” adding that Ameachi will be greatly miss “Goodnight Do Broa” he said.
Meanwhile Ameachi remains we’re said be to have been evacuated that Thursday evening and buried by officials of the Sapele Local Government council after hours of trying to locate a nephew of his.