Kogi Director commits suicide after being owed 11 months salary

A director in the Kogi State civil service, Edward Soje has committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree in Lokoja, police said.

What happened: The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dangling body of  Mr Soje was found on Saturday in Lokoja on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks, the Nigeria Army Command Record.

Soje, 54, is believed to have taken his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja. The couple had been childless before then.

Why it matters: Mr Soje, a Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, was being owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life.

Family sources said that Mr Soje had before the incident been going through a lot of financial difficulties due to non-payment of his salary for 11 months by the Kogi State Government.

As a way out, he was said to have sold his only car and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at Otokiti area of Lokoja.

He had before killing himself travelled to Abuja and left a suicide note for the wife who also works in one of the federal ministries.

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, the God Almighty will keep you and prosper you, amen. I love you,”  according to the suicide note.

Reactions: The state police command Public Relations Officer, William Aya, said the dangling body of Mr Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks at about 5:55 p.m on Oct. 16.

Mr Aya said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Area D Division received information about the incident from the military intelligence office in the barracks.

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