Civil Service Director Commits Suicide After Being Owed 11 Months’ Salary

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

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Saturday in Lokoja that Soje’s lifeless body was found hanging on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks.

It is understood that the 54-year-old civil servant took 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 – with the couple reported to have been childless before then.

The Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, who hails from Ogori town in Ogori -Magongo Local Government area of the state, was being owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life.

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.

Confirming the incident, 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.

“Police moved to the scene, removed the corpse to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Investigation is still ongoing,” Mr. Aya said.

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.

He was among thousands of civil servants being owed between two and 21 months’ salary arrears by the state government.



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