Fatai Adeniran, a father of three, has committed suicide in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State.
The 34-year-old was said to have just been paid N1.7 million from a job he had done for a client before he hanged himself in the one room apartment he shared with his children and wife on Animashaun Street.
The native of Oyo State, described as a heavy drinker, was said to have been in constant quarrel with his wife. She had ignored his threat to commit suicide on the day he took his own life.
Adewale Aroye, a radio repairer who is a neighbour and friend of the deceased, told newsmen that he committed suicide last Thursday and had been buried on Friday at his yet-to-be-completed house around Abule Oke.
Aroye lamented his friend’s death saying nobody knew why he took his own life. He said Adeniran had called his sister and her husband, who had gone out, to inform them that his corpse would be discovered on their return.
“Fatai is my friend, we are close and drink together a lot. He is an aggressive person and quarrels with his wife regularly, but no one knows why he really committed suicide.
“Just few days before his death, he was paid N1.7 million from a job he just did. His boss even came to tell him not to lavish the money.
“It was his younger sister who discovered his dead body, he had earlier called her and her husband that it’s his corpse they will meet when they get back.” he said.
“He had also told his daughter that she should tell her mother that she will meet his corpse on her return but the wife shunned it and thought it was a mere say. If only she knew he will really kill himself.”
Aroye added that the deceased’s family had vacated the house immediately after the incident. He said on the fateful day, another neighbour, identified as ‘Mummy Gate’ had seen Adeniran’s daughter taking a rope into their apartment. He added that she claimed her father had requested for it.
Aroye however said the matter was not reported to the police since the ‘Baale’ was already involved.
An elderly woman simply identified as Alhaja, who lives off Animashaun street, said many tenants in the building had fled after the incident.
Another resident identified only as Alayo, a tailor on the street, expressed worry for the family he left behind saying it would be difficult to fill the vacuum created by his death.