Leadership (Abuja)

23 February 2013

Nigeria: Mechanic Threatens Suicide Over N11.6 Million Debt By Nasarawa Govt

A motor mechanic, Anthony Meco, has threatened to commit suicide if the Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura continues to delay the payment of N11.6 million owed him for the repairs and servicing of cars belonging to the convoy of the Government House, Lafia.

Meco, 39, and an indigene of Panda in Nasarawa State, told LEADERSHIP Weekend that if "this treatment continues I will have no choice but to take my life because for the past two years now my life has become meaningless and devastated."

Aside closing his shop due to harassment by traders whom he collected spare-parts on credit from, Meco said his kids have had to drop out from school as he could barely pay their school fees even as he has been at the mercy of his landlord having been owing him rent for the past two years.

"Life has been miserable to me and right now I just feel as if I should take my life. I suffered, laboured hard to help my state government and thought I was dealing with people who pitied lives. Now I regret my goodwill as I cannot begin to mention the turmoil my life has undertaken since this misadventure. I just want to kill myself," the mechanic said in tears.

Anthony said after incessant pleas by way of writing to be paid the debt owed him after he repaired and serviced official cars being utilised by the convoy of Nassarawa Government House, he "will just commit suicide and rest if the hardship continues," even as he is adopting legal option as a last resort.

The motor mechanic who has written to Governor Tanko Al-Makura said he would attempt to use the legal option as a final stop since the government has refused to pay even after approval had been given for payment, but would ultimately take his life if the debacle continued.

Anthony said he sold his house, some lands he bought in the past as well as two of his cars just to offset the debt owed traders who kept supplying him spare parts and others over the period of time when he was providing service for the Nasarawa State government believing that he would be paid his money.

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