According to his friend, Okon Effiong, who spoke to newsmen:
"He was a very sociable man and always shared his thoughts on issues. I do not know why he should consider suicide as the last option to escape from these hard times."Another eyewitness, a pastor who refused to give his name, added:
"He used to complain that his petty business was no longer fetching him and his family basic needs such as food, clothing and fees for the children’s education.
"He (Edet) was always blaming government for the economic policies that do not allow him afford basic commodities such as gari, bread, yam, rice, beans, oil, kerosene and other essential goods."