A landlord in Ibadan has decided to take his own life after things became difficult for him on retirement without his gratuity.
Tribune reports that Adepoju, a father of three and former staff of the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), was found by his wife dangling from a rope tied to a ceiling fan in his room, with a three-page suicide note on the table.
According to the bereaved widow, her husband had retired from the NEPA in Abeokuta about two years ago but his entitlement is yet to be paid and has been facing hard times since his small cement business was not moving as he had expected.
Residents in the area narrate that Adepoju had sent his children on different errands before taking his own life.
A member of his church said:
“Adepoju was a devout Christian, pious and talented. He was always offering useful suggestions whenever the welfare committee of the zone met.
What could have informed this action is unclear. We were together at the early morning service at our church on Monday. We usually have such a service on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of every month.
When I saw him last Monday after the evening service, he never gave any hint that he was contemplating suicide.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the death, adding that investigation was ongoing.
“Under the law, it is no offence except if it is attempted suicide. The DPO said the deceased family did not cooperate with the police.”