Friday Igbegbe, a former Ijaw militant leader, is said to have committed suicide following a lengthy struggle with depression in Warri, Delta state.
On Saturday evening, October 23, Igbegbe, a titleholder from Igbe-Ijoh, Warri, reportedly took the drastic step.
He is believed to have left behind 36 children and numerous “women,” many of whom were apparently not there during his struggle.
Igbegbe had been depressed for nearly a year, according to a chief from the Igbe-Ijoh community who spoke with our Correspondent in private on Sunday evening.
Igbegbe had been struggling with depression for almost a year, according to a chief from the Igbe-Ijoh community, who confirmed the incident to the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday evening.
He said the deceased was taken to a rehab center in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, around a year ago for an alleged addiction.
Igbegbe was meant to spend six months at the rehab center, but he secretly left before the timeframe and returned home to resume his addiction, according to him. On Saturday, when he was alone, he took his own life.
On Sunday, October 24, the former militant’s was laid to rest amid tears.
Meanwhile, friends and comrades from around Ijaw region have taken to Facebook to express their condolences for the deceased.
Former militant Comrade Elewei Gbadia was regarded as a humble and humane person by Comrade Elewei Gbadia.