There was evidence of tension at the Salvation Avenue in the Ajegunle, Ikorodu area of Lagos State after the corpse of a 52-year-old man was found at the riverside of the state.
The deceased, Bolaji Waheed, was said to have committed suicide after his dead body was found around 1.30pm at the bank of the Itowolo River on Monday with a bottle containing a substance suspected to be poison.
The Punch gathered that Waheed, who had been declared missing on Saturday after his family members complained that they could not find him, left many in shock and confusion as his body was discovered at the bank of the river.
It was learnt that residents reported to the officers of the Police Division at Owode, who then took his remains to a morgue.
Speaking on the tragedy, a police source said Waheed was believed to have taken the poison and plunged into the river.
Another source, a resident, who had information on the incident, said a pastor in the area saw the corpse by the riverside and alerted the others.
She said, “Pastor Ajiboye, who has a church in our area, was the one who reported the matter at the police station.
“The deceased had been missing for two days. He left home on Saturday and failed to return, which caused apprehension in his household. His family members searched the whole area to no avail.
“The man did not leave any note behind. So, the family members thought he was picked up by unknown persons and they reported to the police. But we were shocked that it turned out that the man committed suicide. He was found at the bank of the river on Monday. He was foaming in the mouth.”
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said:
“We are investigating a case of suicide. The man was found with a substance suspected to be poison Investigation is ongoing.”