Man, 45, found hanging after HIV test
The body of a 45 year-old man, Abayomi Olanrewaju, was found hanging from a tree in Araromi area of Akure, Ondo State, Tuesday with a note in his pocket containing the address of his sister and a medical report which revealed that he was HIVpositive.
A security guard attached to a construction company, Isaac Okon, who first saw the body, said his boss had called him to say that a man was loitering around the bush surrounding the company, and while searching he ran into the man dangling from a tree. He then raised an alarm which attracted people to the scene. It was believed that a vehicle fan belt and a motorcycle chain were used in the hanging. A woman who identified herself as his younger sister, Mrs. Thompson, said the man had health problems and was confirmed HIV-positive.
“The issue was that my brother was confirmed HIVpositive and immediately after he was told by doctors he started isolating himself from the public. When his wife and three children got to know his status they immediately packed from the house and fled. Today we learnt that he had gone to commit suicide”, she said.
Ondo State police spokesman, Wole Ogodo, yesterday said the incident was reported at the Ijapo Police Station in Akure. According to him, the corpse was removed to the General Hospital mortuary for autopsy.