Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti
A 49-year-old civil servant in Ekiti State and father of five , Mr. Abolarinwa Olaoye, on Tuesday’s night, hung himself at the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, state capital.
His body was found, on Wednesday morning, hanged with a piece of clothes to the railing of a building at the Ministry of Education, where he had reported to duty around 6:00p.m, on Tuesday.
Daily Sun gathered that the deceased was a night guard at the Ekiti State Scholarship Board.
The development had caused palpable fear and apprehension within the civil service in the state capital , as civil servants clustered near the spot of incident and lamented the horrible fate that befell the man whom they described as jovial and amiable while alive.
A crowd of sympathisers crowded the scene of the incident and others from the old Governor’s Office, which was about one and half kilometers distance came around to catch a glimpse of the suspended body of the deceased.
A Boxer MB 100 brand motorcycle with Registration Number ADK 210 WS brought by the deceased to the office was parked within the building where the suicide took place.
The deceased, according to an in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Babalola, also engaged in commercial motorcycle operation and farming to support his civil service work.
Olaoye, a native of Igogo Ekiti, Moba Local Government area of the state, according to Mrs. Babalola, came to her around 4.30p.m, on Tuesday, and lamented the acute financial problems he had been encountering of recent.
Babalola , who is the deceased’s wife elder sister added, “He came to me around 4.30pm, on Tuesday, and started lamenting that his house rent had due and that he could not pay due to irregular salary payment.
“He said he was also indebted to the government through housing and car loans he obtained.
“He also complained about inability to meet other financial commitments to his wife’s family.
“He told me he could go ahead and do some nasty. He told me clearly that he was tired of life.
“I tried to persuade him not to resort to anything nasty. I told him life is full of ups and downs and that he should just endure, but I never knew he would end this way”, she said.
The Executive Secretary of the Ekiti Stat Scholarship Board, Mr. Ayo Ajimat, confirmed that the deceased was a staff of the board before his demise.
“Yes, he was our staff. He was a very prayerful, jovial and amiable person I didn’t understand what led to this. I didn’t know the kind of problem he had that could lead to this”, he said.
As at the time of filing this report, the body of the man was still hanging to the wall due to insistence of some people that certain ritual would have to be performed before he could be brought down.
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and policemen from the Police Station located at the old Iyin road with jurisdiction over the area where the incident happened came to the scene.
But they could not remove the corpse as they said they were waiting for the family from Igogo Ekiti to arrive before taking any action.