Sunday, 15 January 2017

Ekiti civil servant commits suicide over unpaid debt

Tragedy has struck the Ekiti State Civil Service as a Level 12 officer, Tope Afolayan, has committed suicide.

Afolayan, a native of Oye Ekiti, worked in the office of the Accountant General of the State until the incident happened last Thursday.

He is survived by a wife, who is a teacher at a public school in Ado Ekiti and three children. Afolayan was also a final year Law student at the Ekiti State University (EKSU).

The deceased was also said to be an interpreter at a Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) branch in Ekute area of Ado Ekiti.

His colleague, who spoke on the condition of anonymity on Sunday disclosed that Afolayan committed suicide by hanging himself in the ceiling of his house, located on Peace Avenue, Olorunda, Ado Ekiti.

Afolayan, who has since been buried, did not leave any suicide note before taking his life.
He was, however, said to have consistently complained of failure to pay his debts because of the non-payment of arrears of salaries owed government workers.

A source said: “Although he didn’t leave any suicide note before hanging himself, he had been very moody and heartbroken for a couple of weeks before the incident happened.

“He had been complaining about the debts he owed which he was unable to defray because of the arrears of salaries. In fact, he was among the last batch of applicants for car loan but his name did not come out.

“We are shocked by Tope’s death because nobody thought he would go to that extent, we are still mourning his death.”

Police spokesman Alberto Adeyemi confirmed the incident which, according to him, was reported at New Iyin Road Police Station in Ado Ekiti.

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