Tragedy As University Lecturer Commits Suicide In Edo Over Unpaid Salaries

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A university lecturer at the Department of Adult Education, Tayo Akpata University, Ekiadolor, Edo State, Mr. Friday Orobator, has committed suicide by hanging .
Orobator’s lifeless body was discovered behind his apartment in Obakhazbaye area of Benin City, the state capital at about 1.30 p.m. on Friday, October 2.
According to LIB, the deceased who is the father of four, said to be in his 50’s, and a member of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), 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 told a colleague that he was tired of begging for money from friends to cater for his family needs and his health challenges.
Fred Omonuwa, who is the Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), while confirming the incident, said that 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,” Omonuwa said.
“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 about 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, the staff of the college, are pained.”

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