The lifeless body of a lecturer, Friday Orobator, was on Friday, October 2, found hanging behind his apartment in Edo State.
Orobator, a principal lecturer at the Department of Adult Education, Tayo Akpata University in Ekiadolor, Edo State, allegedly committed suicide around 11.30am in his Obakhazbaye area in Benin City.
The lecturer, said to be in his 50’s and father of four, had complained bitterly to close associates over lack of money to tend to his failing health.
It was gathered that two days before he took the drastic step, the late lecturer and member of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU) told a colleague that he was tired of begging for money from friends to cater for his family needs and his health challenges.
The Chairman of the COEASU, Fred Omonuwa, who confirmed the incident, said their colleague died as a result of lack and inability to access medical care.
“It is clear the death came as a result of lack and inability to access medical facilities. Some months ago, he became very sick and depended on friends for assistance but very recently he started complaining of getting tired of consistently begging to survive.
“Of course, everybody knows that the Edo State Government owes us 13 months of salary, which we have continued to agitate for even before the election, but it was tagged “political agitation”. The man couldn’t provide for himself. His wife just had a baby. We were surprised yesterday (Friday), that he took his own life. Before he committed suicide, he spoke to some colleagues on Wednesday, complaining bitterly on his inability to access medical facility and becoming very ashamed of begging friends for money to treat himself.
“We are aware some friends in Lagos and Benin have done their best in the past few weeks by providing money for him and yesterday he took his life by hanging. We are very much aware that the suicide he committed was as a result of lack of money. As far as we are concerned, we, staff of the college, are pained. Our people are going through a lot and dying but this is an extreme case because of the way he took his own life,” Omonuwa said.
Omonuwa called on the state government to pay the workers their 13 months unpaid salary.
“Edo State government should please listen to us. Now, school is about to resume. Our members can’t even pay the school fees of their children. What have we done to deserve this? We are pained by the loss of this senior colleague, a principal lecturer. We are not happy.” he added.
The remains of late Orobator have been deposited at a mortuary by men of the Oba market Police station.