Nigerian Man Quotes Psalm 121:3 In Suicide Note, Hangs Self As Wife Delivers Triplets In Kogi
October 21, 2017 – Nigerian Man Quotes Psalm 121:3 In Suicide Note, Kills Himself As Wife Delivers Triplets After 17 Years Of Marriage
An unpaid civil servant has committed suicide in Kogi over his inability to cater to his family.
Tragedy has struck in the home of a director in the employ of the Kogi State public service, Edward Soje (54), as he committed suicide barely 10 days after his wife was delivered of a set of male triplets.
The couple had been childless in their over 17 years of marriage.
Soje, a director with the Kogi State civil service, reportedly hung himself with rope on a tree in Lokoja, the state capital.
The Nation gathered on Saturday that Soje’s dangling body was discovered on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri Barracks, housing the Nigeria Army Command Record.
Soje , a Grade Level 16 officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission (TSC) decided to take his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years was delivered of a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja.
Soje, who hailed from Ogori town in Ogori-Magongo local government of Kogi, was allegedly being owed 11 months salary arrears as at the time he took his own life. He reportedly travelled to Abuja, leaving a suicide note for the wife who is said to be a federal civil servant, before committing suicide.
The suicide note read, “Psalm 121:3: God will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keepeth you will not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, God Almighty keep you and make you prosperous. Amen. I love you”.
Confirming the incident, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. William Aya said that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks, around 5.55 pm on October 16.
Aya, an Assistant Superintendent of Poluce (ASP) said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Area D Division received information about the incident from the military intelligence office in the barracks.
He said, “Police moved to the scene and removed the corpse to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja. Investigation is on-going”.
According to the police, nothing was found on the man to help trace his address and family.
However, a search party organised by some relations and friends, led them to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), where his corpse was discovered at the morgue of the hospital on October 20.
Family sources said that Soje had been going through a tough patch occasioned by financial pressure and non-payment of his salary for 11 months.
He was said to have sold his car and a yet-to-be completed three-bedroom bungalow he was putting up at the Otokiti area of Lokoja.
The property, said a source, was sold at a give away price of N1.5 million in April, to meet pressing family needs.
According to the source, Soje’s woes was compounded when the wife gave birth to a set of triplets through caesarian operation in a private hospital in Abuja on October 7.
He remained at the hospital looking after the wife and new norm children til October 13, a day before their naming ceremony, when he returned to Lokoja.
On his return to Lokoja, Soje was said to have headed straight to his bank, where he withdrew the N30,000 balance in his account, and thereafter notified the bank in writing, of his decision to close the account.
He subsequently returned to the hospital in Abuja, and handed over the N30,000 to the wife.
Soje and wife were joined by two clergymen and some relatives for a brief naming ceremony of the triplets in the hospital.
He later left the hospital with the excuse that he wanted to pick some things from the wife’s apartment in Abuja with a promise to come back quickly.
But for hours, he did not return and did not pick any of the many calls made to his telephone line, a development which forced the wife to send somebody to the house to go and ascertain what was happening to him.
The person, on getting to the apartment knocked the door severally but got no response and thereafter called his telephone number. On hearing the telephone ring out from the apartment, he was said to have knocked severally again but no response, which made him seek the help of neighbours to force open the door.
On entering the apartment, they saw Soje’s mobilevhandset placed on a suicide note on the centre table in the sitting room, while he was nowhere to be found.
When the wife was informed, she quickly contacted people for a search for him in Abuja while relations and friends in Lokoja were also informed of the development.
Efforts made to locate him did not yield result until relations decided to visit hospitals in Lokoja, where the corpse of Soje was found in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja on Friday, October 20.
A family member said that the management of the hospital explained to them that Soje’s corpse was brought in by the police who found it dangling on a tree.
He described the late Soje as a very quiet and lovable human being.
He said that some members of the family have been sent to Abuja to break the news to the wife.
October 22, 2017 at 5:25 AM
Eh yeah!this handsome man killed himself just like that?
October 22, 2017 at 5:26 AM
YOU DIED LIKE A COWARD THOUGH WONT FORGIVE GOVERNORS THAT OWED BACKLOG OF SALARIES AND THE STUPID ONE ERECTING ZUMAS STATUE WHILE CIVIL SERVANTS WALLOW IN HUNGER.ELECTION IS COMING AND SAME YOUTHS,CIVIL SERVANTS WILL LINE FOR BAGS OF RICE,A RICKETY TSHIRT WITH FUNNY ASPIRANTS ON IT.U WAITED FOR CHILDREN YOUNG MAN,THEY CAME AND U LEFT THEM FATHERLESS AND YOUR WIFE,AS UNFORSEEN WIDOW..KOGI NEEDS A GOOD LEADER.NO GOOD GOVERNOR AND REPRESENTATIVES..LOOK AT DINO,DISPLAYING MILLION BUCKS FLEET OF CARS AND DIAMOND JEWELRIES , WRIST WATCHES AND EXOTIC TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD..THEIR GOVERNOR JUST FEW DAYS AGO WAS BATTLING WITH BOTH WIVES ON WHO WILL BE THE FIRST LADY BUT GUESS WHAT,THEY WILL STILL RETURN TO HEAD BACK TO THEIR ELECTIVE POSITIONS.
October 22, 2017 at 5:42 AM
Abeg why are all these APC governors heartless. Rather than pay workers salary they go about displaying birthday cakes and celebrating their children’s wedding ceremony. You mean a family man was denied his salary for eleven (11) good months? na wao. The President should step up and look into the books of all those yeye governors. Kogi people, your vote is your power, vote this man out at the next election.
October 22, 2017 at 5:45 AM
Where is Dino? Dino with all your wealth, you can’t help your people? except to display thirty billion naira cars and shoes. Shame on you and the state governor
October 22, 2017 at 6:16 AM
My deepest condolences to the family. This is so sad.
October 22, 2017 at 1:03 PM
So sad he took his own life in this manner. This is a direct consequence of inept government. When you have a leader that condones massive corruption under his very watch, then the result on the masses would be catastrophic. The so much mouthed anti corruption war by the regime has now been exposed to mean nothing but falsehood meant to deceive Nigerians. Corruption under Buhari-led government is gaining more steam as no concrete steps has been taking to tackle this ugly trend mostly among state governors. Naijagist honestly you should have used a more captivating headline such as( MAN HANGS SELF OVER 11MONTHS UNPAID SALARY) rather than the one you used above. Let Buhari see it boldly wherever he is that his muteness and his indifferent position over the ongoing callosal corruption under his government is costing the unpaid government workers there lives.
October 22, 2017 at 1:20 PM
Hmmm, why commit suicide? When there’s life hope is sure. But now no more hope. Rip man.
October 22, 2017 at 1:28 PM
Wow, ds fine man just wasted like that!
In as much as I wont condone suicide, the govt is totally responsible for this. How can someone be going to work for 30days and at the end of 30days, u say they should wait for another 60, 90, 120……300days? This is the height of wickedness and one animal will sit in Abuja and be declaring no work no pay if they go on strike. How are they supposed to survive, going to work, must not do other businesses, and at the end not get paid. All these govt witholding people’s payment, yet you and yours live comfortably, party, travel, buy cars and houses while your people suffer, you have sown a seed of suffering in your generation o.