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Borno Governor Cook John Achagwa Commits Suicide At Government House In Maiduguri – Heartbreaking Details
Borno Governor’s Cook John Achagwa Commits Suicide At Government House In Maiduguri – Heartbreaking Details
The personal cook to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, John Achagwa reportedly committed suicide on Monday at the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Maiduguri.
Achagwa allegedly hanged himself on a tree. He was said to have greeted his colleagues at the lodge about 1.44p.m., yesterday before he went back and climbed a tree behind the lodge and hanged himself. A close associate of Achagwa, who craved anonymity, said the deceased had been complaining of the attitude of his daughter.
According to him, the late steward had been saying “this girl will kill me”.
“He came and asked me to delete someone’s number from his phone. I told him I didn’t know how to delete it. He left angrily, only for me to hear after some few minutes that he had hanged himself.”
Achagwa, who retired from the civil service about three years ago, was retained by the governor owing to his exceptional delicacies. He was also said to have been promised to be appointed as village head of Dille in Askira Uba Local Government Area.
Other sources at the Government House were of the opinion that the suicide might not be unconnected with the non-payment of his retirement benefit and gratuity, as he had been expecting that he would be given his gratuity before the end of Shettima’s tenure.
When our correspondent visited the Government House, Maiduguri, people were trooping to the Presidential Lodge, where security operatives and officials of the Fire Service were trying to bring down the body from the tree about 2.37p.m.
But reacting to the incident, the governor’s Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, said in a statement that Shettima supported Achagwa to build a seven-bedroom apartment and also gave him a car.
Gusau said Shettima was shocked and had been wondering what kind of depression could push Achagwa, who was generally known to live comfortably, to resort to taking his own life.
“Governor Kashim Shettima is deeply shocked by the unfortunate incident especially given the fact that John who seemed to be in his mid-60s, was publicly known to be one of the governor’s favourites as he served important guests at the Presidential Lodge for more than 30 years.”
Gusau said the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, was earlier at the scene of the incident, which was a garden around the Presidential Lodge where Achagwa worked.
The commissioner also confirmed to journalists that from police preliminary investigations, Achagwa lived a comfortable live but the police were determined to take investigations to his family to establish possible causes of depression.
May 29, 2019 at 5:02 AM
He was used for ritual
May 29, 2019 at 6:16 PM
Francesca Adjoa, thanks for your insight, that is exactly what I have in mind to say. The people of the dark world have used this guy to renew their power. They made it look like suicide so that nobody will suspect them. Let the investigation start from the number 1 man. I’m not pointing fingers but I’m positive he’s been used.
There is no reason in this world that will make this guy commit suicide. He has the best job. Even though he was a cook but not ordinary cook making good money. Forget about interrogating his daughter or any member of his family. They knew nothing about this. The Governor would not mind to give his death money to his family because mission has already been accomplished. RIP Cook John.
May 29, 2019 at 7:16 AM
This wind of suicide blowing in Nigeria… Those men of greed and money, who call themselves men of god (because they’re not God’s men!) will not rise up and do something about it. But when it comes to the issues of money and tithing, they will jump up, flex their muscles and start fighting the “truth sayers” like Daddy Freeze, forgetting we’ll all stand before the Almighty God’s judgement throne someday…
May 29, 2019 at 11:31 AM
The man must have heard horrible conservations from key power players..rip
May 29, 2019 at 2:16 PM
There’s more to his death. This is no depression, he knows to much and he was executed! Suicide naa scam!
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May 29, 2019 at 8:46 PM
All this story Na lie media should be truthful in reporting his daughter’s are married the only single daughter is very decent and the dad loves her soo much just calculate from the picture above u will get ur answer then u will know if is sucide or not Tnks ..q