Ex-Driver Commits Suicide


A 47-year-old former driver, Adewale Adebanjo, has committed suicide in Lagos,  Nigeria.

Adebanjo, who resided at 9, Adeleye Street, Off Agidingbi Road, Ikeja, Lagos was  found dead in his room after he had his breakfast. Neighbours said the deceased  always complain that he was unable to sleep every night.

P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that at about 11a.m. yesterday, he complained to  his aged mother who lives opposite his one-room apartment that he was hungry and his  mother prepared rice and stew which he ate and later left for his room.

But when his mother went to check him at about 12.20 p.m, he didn’t respond when  she knocked at his door. She looked through the window and saw his body dangling  from a rope tied to a ceiling fan.

The door was forced open by policemen from Alausa Division who were invited to the  scene.

Commenting on the incident, the 22-year old son of the deceased, Sola, a bricklayer  said: “I am very sad to find my father in this condition. He was a good father and  very jovial. I saw him three weeks ago. My dad and mom are divorced but she has  three children for him, including me.”

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Also speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Agidingbi Community Development  Association, Chief Musibau Bakare, who is also the Ajagunna of Agidingbi, Ikeja,  said: “We heard this morning that he committed suicide. He lived in this house for  18 years. After eating his food which his mother prepared, he told her that he  needed to take his drugs and he went straight to his room. And he was later found  dead. He told people before he killed himself that he was unable to sleep at night,  everyday.”

P.M.NEWS learnt further that the deceased formerly worked as a driver to the former  governor of the old Western region, General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.). It was also  gathered that he worked briefly with a lawyer but later resigned, saying that he  could not see properly at night.

He did not leave any suicide note to explain why he took his life.

At the time of filing this report, arrangements were being made to take his corpse  to the mortuary.

—Oluwole Adeboye

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