For Ekpenyong Ita, former Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, also known as the State Security Services, SSS, life has handed him and his family a poisoned chalice.
His lovely and loyal wife of many years, Temitope, inexplicably passed on in the morning of Tuesday, March 12, after a very brief illness.
Ita was appointed DG by the Goodluck Jonathan regime, and held the position until President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him. He has since been living a quiet life in Abuja.
Details of the cause of death are still sketchy, but The Source gathered that Mrs Ita took ill in the night of Monday, March 11, and passed on in the morning of March 12.
Since then, gloom has enveloped the once contented and happy Ita family.