Tragedy struck last Tuesday at Kubwa, Abuja when a 30-year-old man, Shola Simon, poisoned himself due to his inability to offset a debt to the tune of N110,000.
The elder brother to the deceased, Oluminde, told our reporter that he and his family had left the house that fateful day with the deceased, a panel beater, for their respective shops without any sign of ill health. He said he however received a call from the deceased around 11am demanding that he should come back home immediately or meet him dead.
Oluminde, said he was trying to fix his bad car when the deceased called and had to suspend the repairs to respond to the distress call put to him by his late brother. “Before I could enter the house, my brother was already lying down dead with foams on his mouth,” he lamented. He said when he interrogated his late brother’s colleagues, they told him that somebody had earlier brought a car for him to sell which he had sold and collected part payment from the buyer. He said his colleagues further told him that the owner of the car came back requesting for his car as he had seen a higher bidder. “They said the deceased could not produce both the car and the part payment he had collected as he had already released the car to the initial buyer. They said the deceased allegedly pleaded with the owner of the car to give him more time to raise the money or else he would poison himself but the man insisted on collecting the money,” he narrated.
The deceased brother, an Aluminuim seller, who looked helpless, said he was surprised at the unfortunate and deadly decision of the late brother as he had been doing very well in his business.
When contacted, the head of the Accident and Emergency unit of Kubwa General Hospital, where his body was taken to, Dr. Paul Oliseh, confirmed the incident, saying that the signs and symptoms observed from the deceased’s body revealed that the man died of poison. He however said the corpse had been moved from the hospital’s mortuary where it was deposited by the relations to Ekiti State for burial.