Landlord Hangs Himself, Leaves Three-Page Suicide Note In Ibadan

A 48-year-old landlord on
Tuesday hanged himself in
Ibadan, leaving behind a three-
page suicide note.
The incident happened in Idi-
Ose along Akan road in Ona Ara Council Area of the city.
The deceased, Popoola Adepoju,
was found in his room dangling
from a rope tied to a ceiling fan.
Residents of the area said the
father of three sent his children on an errand before taking his
own life.
Adepoju’s wife told the police
that her husband left the defunct
National Electric Power Authority
in Abeokuta two years ago but his entitlement was yet to be
paid. She added that he had
engaged himself in cement
business on a small scale before
his death.
His family initially refused to hand over the suicide note to the
police but after the intervention
of the general chairman of the
Idi Ose community, Taiwo Alimi,
it was taken to the Akanran
Police Division. The deceased was interred in his
house after the Divisional Police
Officer at the station, Aliko
Dankoli, gave the family
permission to proceed with his
burial arrangement. A member of Four Square Gospel
Church, where Adepoju
worshipped with his family, said
he attended Monday morning
service in the church and never
gave a sign of depression. He said, “Adepoju was a devout
Christian, pious and was
talented. He was always offering
tangible suggestions whenever
the Welfare Committee of the
zone met. What could have informed this action is unclear.
“We were together at the early
morning service at our church
on Monday. We usually have
such service on the 1st, 2nd and
3rd of every month. When I saw him last on Monday evening
after the evening service, he
never gave the premonition that
he was going to commit suicide.”
A landlord in the area, who did
not give his name, however gave a hint that the deceased
was going through a difficult
period.
He said that the deceased had
wanted to sell his Honda car for
N250,000 but only got a buyer who was ready to pay
N150,000.
He said Adepoju had planned to
buy a smaller car to be used as
taxi to supplement what he
made from the small cement business he was doing.
He said, “he wanted to sell the
car so he could buy a small
vehicle which he would be using
as cab to serve as a sustaining
means of livelihood for his family. He however said that the
amount being offered was
insufficient.
“He sometimes complained that
things were no longer as they
were before he was disengaged from work. It was a surprise
when we discovered that this
unfortunate incident had
happened.”