Man, 40, Commits Suicide in Yekepa

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A 40-year-old man has committed suicide in Yekepa, Nimba County, after experiencing a strange illness for which he had been seeking treatment.

The man, on January 17, 2015 at about 8 p.m. local time took his own life with his single barrel gun in his bed room in the area “L” community of Yekepa.

The cause of the incident is yet to be established, but an eyewitness said prior to taking his own life, the man wrote a note saying that nobody was responsible for his death.

The Liberia National Police in Nimba also confirmed the death of the man, who they also claimed wrote saying in a note, “Nobody was responsible for my death for I am [tired] taking medicine for the yellow jaundice (sickness) I have.”

The man, Martin Hugger, was said to have been working for the SEGAL security firm, assigned in Yekepa. He was allegedly suffering from the tropical illness known as “yellow jaundice” for some time.

A neighbor, Eric Yarwieh, quoted the boss man of the late Martin as saying that Martin was given two months “leave with pay” so that he could attend to his health and he visited the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita as well as other health centers for treatment.

A lady only identified as Chris told this newspaper that the late Martin had a fiancée known as Agnes King, but they do not have any children. Both of them migrated to Yekepa from other parts of Liberia before they met in Yekepa.

The Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) is one of the leading security firms with the highest number of service men and women. They are believed to be one of the security firms providing the highest wages and all necessary safety gears for their employees.

Recently, the firm presented a new set of outfits costing over US$ 80,000 to their men and women in Yekepa as well as other safety items for their protection at the job site.

Despite the late Martin’s note exempting anyone from causing his death, there is still speculation from within the Area “L” community where he lived  that he shot himself because of ill treatment from his fiancée while he was sick. He has since been buried.

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