8th November, 2010
A 47-year-old former driver, Adewale Adebanjo, has committed suicide in Lagos,Â Nigeria.
Adebanjo, who resided at 9, Adeleye Street, Off Agidingbi Road, Ikeja, Lagos wasÂ found dead in his room after he had his breakfast. Neighbours said the deceasedÂ always complain that he was unable to sleep every night.
P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that at about 11a.m. yesterday, he complained toÂ his aged mother who lives opposite his one-room apartment that he was hungry and hisÂ 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 didnâ€™t respond whenÂ she knocked at his door. She looked through the window and saw his body danglingÂ from a rope tied to a ceiling fan.
The door was forced open by policemen from Alausa Division who were invited to theÂ scene.
Commenting on the incident, the 22-year old son of the deceased, Sola, a bricklayerÂ said: â€œI am very sad to find my father in this condition. He was a good father andÂ very jovial. I saw him three weeks ago. My dad and mom are divorced but she hasÂ three children for him, including me.â€
Also speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Agidingbi Community DevelopmentÂ Association, Chief Musibau Bakare, who is also the Ajagunna of Agidingbi, Ikeja,Â said: â€œWe heard this morning that he committed suicide. He lived in this house forÂ 18 years. After eating his food which his mother prepared, he told her that heÂ needed to take his drugs and he went straight to his room. And he was later foundÂ dead. He told people before he killed himself that he was unable to sleep at night,Â everyday.â€
P.M.NEWS learnt further that the deceased formerly worked as a driver to the formerÂ governor of the old Western region, General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.). It was alsoÂ gathered that he worked briefly with a lawyer but later resigned, saying that heÂ 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 corpseÂ to the mortuary.