GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Director (Grade Level 16 Officer) commits suicide

By News Express on 21/10/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 592


A director in the Kogi State civil service, Mr Edward Soje, has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree in Lokoja, the state capital .

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Saturday in Lokoja that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks, the Nigeria Army Command Record.

The 54-year-old civil servant decided to take his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja. The couple had been childless before then.

Soje, a Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, was being owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life.

He hailed from Ogori town in Ogori-Magongo Local Government area of the state.

He had before killing himself travelled to Abuja and left a suicide note for the wife who also works in one of the federal ministries.

“Psalm 121:3 God will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keepeth you will not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, the God Almighty will keep you and prosper you, amen. I love you,”  according to the suicide note.

Confirming the incident, the state police command Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks at about 5:55 p.m on Oct. 16.

Aya said that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Area D Division received information about the incident from the military intelligence office in the barracks.

“Police moved to the scene, removed the corpse to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. Investigation is still ongoing,” Aya said.

The police spokesman said that nothing was found on the man to help trace his address and family.

However, a search party organised by his relations and friends, found his corpse at the morgue of the hospital on Friday, Oct. 20.

Family sources said that Soje had before the incident been going through a lot of financial pressure due to non-payment of his salary for 11 months by the Kogi State Government.

He was among thousands of civil servants being owed between two and 21 months’ salary arrears by the State Government.

As a way out, he was said to have sold his only car and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at Otokiti area of Lokoja.

The building which was at lintel level was sold by Soje at a giveaway price of N1.5 million in April to meet urgent family needs, it was gathered.

According to the sources, Soje’s financial woes became compounded when the wife gave birth to a set of triplets through Caesarian operation in a private hospital in Abuja on Oct. 7.

The deceased remained in the hospital to look after wife and children until Oct. 13, a day before the naming ceremony when he decided to come back to Lokoja.

On getting to Lokoja, Soje went straight to his bank to collect the remaining N30,000 in his salary account with one of the commercial banks and thereafter informed the bank in writing about his decision to close the account.

He immediately left Lokoja for the hospital in Abuja where he rejoined his wife and handed over the N30,000 cash to her.

On Oct. 14, Soje and wife were joined by two pastors and few relatives to perform a brief naming ceremony for the triplets in the hospital.

He later left the hospital on the pretext that he wanted to pick few things from the wife’s apartment in Abuja with a promise to come back quickly.

But Soje did not return for hours and did not pick any of the many calls made to his telephone line, a development which forced the wife to send somebody to the house to go and ascertain what was happening to him.

The person, on getting to the apartment knocked the door severally but no response and decided to call his telephone number.

On hearing the telephone ringing out from the apartment, the person was said to have knocked severally again but no response, this made him to seek the assistance of neighbours to force the door open.

When the door was opened, the people were shocked when they saw Soje’s telephone handset placed on a suicide note on the centre table in the sitting room while he was nowhere to be found.

When the wife was informed, she quickly contacted some people to begin a search for him in Abuja while relations and friends in Lokoja were also informed of the development.

Efforts made to locate him did not yield fruit until relations decided to visit hospitals in Lokoja, the decision  paid off eventually on Friday, October 20 when the corpse of Soje was found in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

A member of the family said that the management of the hospital explained to them that Soje’s corpse was brought in by the police, who found it dangling on a tree.

A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the late Soje as a “very quiet and lovable human being.”

He said that some members of the family have been sent to Abuja to break the news to the wife and refused to answer further questions. (NAN)


 

Source News Express

Posted 21/10/2017 8:31:59 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Buhari’s sickness: Fani-Kayode under fire for beating drums...

Amendment of NLNG Act to cost Nigeria over...

Heavy gunshots around Nnamdi Kanu’s home

Amaechi to be arrested after his tenure –Wike...

Hundreds of international observers to monitor U.S. presidential...

Tribunal Judgement: We’ve been vindicated, says Rivers APC...

Soldiers invade Sheikh Zakzaky’s house, kill 12

FG to launch N59.7bn Youth-In-Agriculture Scheme in September...

Fayose refunds monies over-deducted from Ekiti teachers’ salaries...

Chinese firm arrives to boost Ikpeazu’s Aba urban...

FAAN restates commitment to efficient service delivery, airport...

National Assembly passes N7.44 trillion budget for 2017,...

 

Latest News Lagos seals 18 hotels, event centres over tax evasion How security agencies quarantined Anambra to ensure peaceful governorship election •Arrest miscreants, thugs Obiano dazes them all to secure second term as Anambra Governor Imposter nabbed at INEC Sokoto Govt. to sponsor 200 indigenes to study medicine in India SERAP, pensioners drag Buhari before ECOWAS Court over unpaid pensions, salaries Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as President of Zimbabwe 80 per cent of road accidents caused by human factor — FRSC FG hails global endorsement of Nigeria’s fight against terrorism NGO Commends Kogi Gov Over Staff Audit That Uncovered Numerous Ghosts PDP Chairmanship: Northern leaders embrace Secondus BREAKING NEWS: How Obiano beat 36 challengers to win Anambra governorship election •Full results from all the LGAs

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (294,540 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (278,313 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (224,903 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (189,205 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (181,330 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (165,922 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (144,028 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (130,475 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (126,951 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (116,469 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (113,715 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (107,546 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (30) Business (2,771) Business Verdict (26) Columnists (769) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (186) Entertainment (404) Features (510) Global Business Monitor (190) International (1,646) Interviews (138) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (82) News (30,358) Opinion (837) Pidgin (9) Politics (4,108) Religion (648) Sports (1,357) Stock Watch (24) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN Words on marble

 

 

Argentina vs Nigeria

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!