On Tuesday, August 2nd, Popoola Adepoju, a 48-year-old landlord hanged himself in Idi-Ose along Akan road in Ona Ara Council Area of Ibadan, leaving behind a three-page suicide note.
The deceased was found in his room dangling from a rope tied to a ceiling fan.
Residents of the area reportedly said the father of three sent his children on an errand before taking his own life.
His wife reportedly said 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 Divisional Police Officer at the station, Aliko Dankoli, reportedly gave the family permission to proceed with his burial arrangement, after he was interred in his house.
The deceased and his family were members of Four Square Gospel Church, and one of the members reportedly said that he attended Monday morning service in the church and never gave a sign of depression.
Speaking, 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.”
Although a landlord in the area, who did not want his name disclosed, however gave a hint that the deceased was going through a difficult period.
“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.”