A 66-year-old man has done a terrible thing after being owed 5-months salary. Mr. John Ekue, has committed suicide in the Mende area of Maryland, Lagos State.
He used a rope to hang himself by the rod of a ceiling fan in his apartment on Oki Lane around 8pm on Monday.
According to Punch, Ekue was a driver for a paint company in Lagos State and decided to kill himself after many months of being owed salary. The report revealed that he has been facing tough times since April 2016, when he stopped going to the company, whose name was not disclosed by his family members.
The family revealed he earned N30,000 per month from the company but was frustrated because of his inability to feed his family leaving his son, IK with the responsibility.
Speaking about the event, Simon Davies a resident around the area gave more details about the incident.
He said, “His son had gone to buy food for him that evening. But when he returned, he saw his father’s body dangling from a rope and he raised the alarm. People went into the room to help rush him to a hospital, but he died.
“The main cause of the incident is the non-payment of his salaries by a paint company he worked for as a driver. I learnt he earned N30,000 monthly and the company owed him five months’ salaries. He stopped going there in April when the arrears were not paid. Since then, his son had been feeding him with the little he earns at a boutique where he works.”
A resident, Gafar Kolawole, said the police from the Anthony division came to remove the corpse and had deposited it in a mortuary.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the suicide, adding that Ekue’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.
She said, “One John Ekue allegedly hanged himself with a rope tied to the ceiling fan in his room. Detectives visited, examined and photographed the scene. The corpse was removed and deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”