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Man Commits Suicide In Abeokuta For Lack Of Money To Bury Father

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May 13, 2013 – Man Killed Himself In Abeokuta For Lack Of Money To Bury Father

The city of Abeokuta in Ogun State Nigeria was in Chaos this past Saturday when a man in his 60s identified as Akanni Timothy killed himself few hours to his father’s burial.

He allegedly committed suicide for lack of money to give his late father a befitting burial.

The lifeless body of the father of eight, fondly called ‘Marshal’, was found dangling on an orange tree close to the venue of the funeral in the neighborhood at Ojugunuko, Oke-Ijemo area of Abeokuta.

It was learnt that the body was found by passers-by and  raised the alarm which  attracted residents.

When the news of his death filtered into the venue, many of the guests who were reported to have settled down for the party hurriedly left.

Some relations were said to have attributed the incident to the financial challenges facing the late Akanni . However, some other people described  the ugly incident as spiritually motivated.  One of the siblings of the deceased, who simply identified himself as Mutiu, said his late brother was in dire need of money to give their late father a befitting burial.

He said, “I told Baba Sadiat (the deceased) to join me in my tent if he knew he didn’t have the means to entertain his guests. I did not know  he will kill himself”. According to him, the family received permission from the police at Ijemo who visited the scene of the incident before they removed the body of the deceased.

[Culled from Vanguard]



  1. adenike

    May 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM


  2. Wani25

    May 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Wat a tragedy just to give ur father a befitting burial,well am not surprised.

  3. thevoice

    May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    What are family for? i hate the Nigeria notion of individualism when it comes to ceremonies like funeral. Everyone supposed to have contributed whatever he/she has and the family would have collectively host their guests.

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