A 47-year-old civil servant, Abdullahi Uye Zhiya, from Oguma in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi state has committed suicide.
This comes few weeks after another civil servant from the state, Emmanuel Soje, 54, killed himself after going months without pay. It happened 10 days after his wife gave birth to a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja. Before the babies’ arrival, the couple had been childless throughout the 17 years of their marriage.
Reports said Zhiya who was a Chief Store Keeper with the State Universal Basic Education Board, Oguma, took a poisonous substance after complaining to a friend that he was finding it hard to feed his family and take care of his failing health. Four of his children had reportedly dropped out of school over unpaid fees.
It was gathered that he was being owed about 12 months salaries.