A tricycle operator identified simply as Suleman, aged 45-year-old has allegedly committed suicide in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
NEWSNAIJA learned Suleman, rode his tricycle to a football pitch on Abaranje Road in Ikotun, where he allegedly consumed a local insecticide.
Few minutes after drinking the chemical, he was said to have died in his tricycle.
Passersby, including residents, were said to have raised the alarm after seeing Suleman motionless in his vehicle.
His wife known as Nike Adekola is yet to recover from the shock of losing her husband who left her and their children on that faithful day.
The deceased friend who gave his name as Mutiu Olayiwola, who spoke to our source said people alerted the police after the corpse was found.
Olayiwola, said, “We have been friends for over 28 years. I was at home when I received a call from his colleagues that he had committed suicide. his colleagues got to know when people saw his body inside his tricycle parked on the football pitch, they went to the tricycle operators’ park to inform them that one of their colleagues had died.
“His colleagues rushed to the football pitch, saw his corpse in his tricycle, and also confirmed that he was attached to their park.
He said “It is surprising that my friend committed suicide. He never complained that he was going through any challenges. In fact, one of our brothers saw him around 5 pm on that day and they had a brief chat, he never grumbled of anything and that is why we are surprised.”
The deceased wife lamenting said, “Everything is still confusing to me. I saw his dead body. I also saw the bottle of the insecticide he drank. He drank half of the content of the bottle, covered the remaining, and dropped it. I don’t know why he took his life.
“We have two children who have stopped schooling after he died; people who have been paying us condolence visits are the ones giving us money to feed. We want Nigerians to come to our aid.”
CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said no mark of violence was found on the corpse.
The PPRO said, “On January 18, 2021, around 11.31 pm, one Abdullahi Ajayi, came to the station and reported that he received a call that one Suleman Adekola, 45, committed suicide by taking an insecticide while sitting in a tricycle near a football field along Abaranje Road in Ikotun. We visited the scene of the incident and observed no mark of violence on his body. An investigation is in progress.”