A 28-year-old man who could not take the changing tide after his dotting mother passed on has committed suicide by hanging in Lagos.
The Nation reports that Shakiru who was popularly known as Jarule, was being expected in Oshogbo, Osun State, for the wedding but when no one could get him on phone, a search party was sent down to Lagos only for his dead body to be found dangling the ceiling of his apartment on 56, Oduduwa Street, Mushin.
It was learned that the deceased also left a suicide note for his sister, Mariam, where he told her he was sorry for killing himself and that she should take care of his two young children.
The sister narrated that she had insisted on Shakiru's early arrival the next day for the event but when she got a message from him around 6:30pm, she did not read it immediately she was very busy.
When she did, she said that she tried reaching some of Shakiru's friends but all to no avail. That was when she got their elder sister who lives near the deceased to go and find out what was happening.
The sister said when she got there, the room was locked from the inside indicating that he was at home but when he did not respond to her knocks, she called Mariam who asked her to look through the window from where she found his lifeless body dangling from the ceiling.
Mariam narrated further:
“I called him several times to urge him to get to Osogbo on time but he told me he would arrive probably on Sunday or even Monday.
I asked him what he meant by that when he knew the wedding was slated for Sunday. He quickly changed it and said he was on the way, that he would be there.
I was expecting him till I got his message late at night. I called people close to his area but it didn’t go. Later I called my aunt to help me check him up.
That was when she found out what happened. I had stopped calling him at a time because of his unresponsive attitude.”
It was gathered that the late Shakiru also left some words for his family thus:
"I’m Done”; “If you are reading this, it’s too late,” and wrote “I love you” on the pictures of his two children.
A niece of the deceased believes he committed suicide over financial difficulties because he had been facing difficulties since he lost his mother who pampered him so much when she was alive.
“I don’t know what he has encountered in life that should warrant suicide. Since his mother died, he has been finding it difficult to cope with life because she pampered him a lot and he didn’t lack anything.
She always supported him out of love for her children. He didn’t acquire any skill that could sustain him. After her death, he was dejected.
Sometimes he would complain of not eating regularly, his job was not paying much and that he was getting tired of life.
But I don’t understand his problem because even his children are not under his care. It is the family that has been catering to them.
This wedding we ought to be doing now is not on him. All we required was for him to make himself available.
We even sent money to him when he complained he didn’t have money. The wife’s family has been complaining that he was not doing anything on her.”
But another relative believes Shakiru could not have killed himself because of financial constraints since he had just received N36,000 from a thrift society the previous week.