A former member of staff of the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), Mr Popoola Adepoju, has committed suicide in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The deceased hanged himself in his house marked No 17 at Ayegbami Zone 7 and the entire community of Idi Ose along Akanran Road in the Ona Ara Local Government Area of Ibadan Tuesday evening.
He was said to have used a rope to tie himself to a ceiling fan in his room till he died.
Adepoju, 48, was said to have sent his children out of his earlier in the evening before hanging himself. His wife had also gone to shop where she sells cement.
The deceased was disengaged from the NEPA establishment at Abeokuta two years ago but had not been paid his entitlements, according to his family. He went into selling of cement to sustain his family.
The deceased left a three-sheet suicide note which initially caused a controversy between some members of the family and the police as they refused to release it to the police. The two police officers then left in annoyance. Upon persuasion, the note was eventually released to the General Chairman of the Idi Ose community, Chief Taiwo Alimi JP.
Chief Alimi later led the community members and the deceased’s relatives to the Akanran Police Division where the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Aliko Dankoli, (CSP), gave the directive that they should go and bury the corpse as requested.
Speaking glowingly about the character of Adepoju, the Zonal Chairman of the area, Mr Saudi, said that the deceased ” was a very good man. He was very accommodating to all. He was gentle and was always contributing his quota to the development of this area. He was very cooperating. His death is painful and we are all going to miss him”, he said.
Chief Alimi said the community felt sad by the death, but added: “We thank God that the death was not caused by anybody. We have accepted the incident with equanimity and faith in God. I pray that God should be with the family of the deceased, as well as the entire residents of Idi Ose. May God grant the soul of the departed repose”.
Other neighbours and church members were left in shock, saying they still saw him the previous day with any premonition of the sad incident.
His remains were later buried in his compound.