A 49-year old civil servant in Ekiti State civil service, Mr. Abolarinwa Olaoye, on Wednesday night hung himself within the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The body of the father of five, who was a night guard at the Ekiti State Scholarship Board, was found hanged with a clothing material to the railing of a building at the Ministry of Education, where he had reported to duty around 6pm on Tuesday.
The development triggered panic within the civil service, as civil servants had clustered near the spot of the incident and lamented the horrible twist of event for the man they described as jovial and amiable while alive.
The 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, an in-law and confidant, came to her around 4.30 pm on Tuesday and lamented the acute financial problems he had been encountering of recent.
Babalola who is the elder sister to the deceased’s wife added: “He came to me around 4.30pm on Tuesday and started lamenting that his house rent was due and that he could not pay due to irregular
“He said he was also indebted to the government through housing and the car loans he obtained.
“He also complained about the inability to meet other financial commitments to his wife ’s family. He told me he could go ahead and do some nasty things. 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 State 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 the insistence of some people that certain ritual 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 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.