servant in Kogi State, Edward Soje, was found dangling on a tree on
Saturday, a week after he was declared missing.
were shocked when they discovered that Soje, a director in the state
civil service, had committed suicide on a tree within the town using a
decided to take his life barely 10 days that his wife gave birth to a
set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja after 17 years of
Local Government Area of Kogi State, was a Grade Level 16 Officer in the
State Teaching Service Commission and was owed 11 months’ salary
arrears as of the time he took his life.
Abuja and left a suicide note for his wife, who also works in one of
the federal ministries in the state.
says God will not suffer your foot to be moved. He that keepeth you will
not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, God Almighty will keep you
prosperous. Amen. I love you.”
Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, said the dangling body of
Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks at about 5.55 pm on October
in charge of Area ‘D’ division received the information about the
incident from the military intelligence office in the barracks.
removed the corpse and took it to the morgue of the Federal Medical
Centre in Lokoja. Investigation is ongoing.”
a search party organised by his relations and friends, found his corpse
at the morgue of the hospital on October 20.
the incident, been going through a lot of financial crisis due to the
non-payment of his salary for 11 months by the Kogi State Government.
and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at the Otokiti area of
Lokoja at a point in order to meet his financial obligations to his
woes became compounded when the wife gave birth to a set of triplets
through Caesarian section in a private hospital in Abuja on October 7.
look after his wife and children until Oct. 13, a day before the
naming ceremony when he decided to return to Lokoja.
have gone straight to his bank to collect the remaining N30,000 in his
account and thereafter informed his bankers in writing about his
decision to close the account.
were joined by two pastors and a few relatives to perform a brief naming
ceremony for the triplets in the hospital.
pretext that he wanted to pick a few things from the wife’s apartment in
Abuja with a promise to come back quickly.
did not pick any of the numerous calls made to his telephone, a
development which forced the wife to send somebody to the house to
ascertain what was happening to him.
were surprised to see Soje’s telephone placed on a suicide note on the
table in the sitting room while he was nowhere to be found.
contacted some people to begin a search for him in Abuja while relations
and friends in Lokoja were also informed of the development.
result until relatives decided to visit hospitals in Lokoja. The
decision paid off eventually on Friday, October 20, when the corpse of
Soje was found in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
management of the hospital explained to them that Soje’s corpse was
brought in by the police, who found it dangling on a tree.