Cross River Govenor’s aide threatens suicide over unpaid salary
An aide Govenor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Mr. Freeman Godwin, on Monday 22th, February, 2021 threatened to kill himself over failure of the government to pay his salary.
Mr Freeman, a newly appointed aide of the Cross River State Governor, who is also from Obudu Local Government Area as Ayade was seen in a now widely circulated video with ropes around his neck threatening to end his life if nothing is done about his plight.
Freeman is said to have been appointed by the Governor around November of 2020 and have not since collected his salary alongside others who got into government with him.
The drama happened at the Auditor-General office where Freeman works and he was rescued by his colleagues.
Freeman in the video said: “When the time reaches for work, they will use you and dump you. Now they throw you here and there as if you are nobody. I will die for this government. They play me up and down, sending me here and there. I am ready to die.”
He said the entire arrangement was poor. “I am ready to die in this office. I have chosen by myself to take my life. I lost everything. I was there living my life and they called me to take appointment. They asked me to borrow money to do clearance.
“At the end of the day, they select some people and pay N100,000. They are telling me Ben Ayade said so and I should go and get a letter from Ayade. Please, don’t touch me. I will die for them. I sold everything to pay that young man. I borrowed money, came here and did documentation hoping that when I am paid, I will pay back the loan, but it is all frustrating.” He said.