An­other civil ser­vant com­mits sui­cide in Kogi

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - From John Akubo, Lokoja

AN­OTHER civil ser­vant has al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide in Kogi State. He is 47-year-old Ab­dul­lahi Uye Zhiya from Oguma in Bassa Lo­cal Coun­cil of the state. Zhiya, it was al­leged, killed him­self by drink­ing a dose of sub­stance sus­pected to be poi­sonous chem­i­cal.

The Guardian learnt that his frus­tra­tion might be con­nected with the non­pay­ment of his salaries for about 12 months.

Close fam­ily sources told The Guardian that for over one year, life had been hard for the de­ceased. Re­call that a direc­tor in the Kogi State Civil Ser­vice, Mr Ed­ward Soje also al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing him­self on a tree in Lokoja. Soje’s body was found on a tree be­hind the Mammy Mar­ket at the Maigumeri Bar­racks, the Nige­ria Army Com­mand Record.

The 54-year-old civil ser­vant took his life barely 10 days af­ter his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in a pri­vate hospi­tal in Abuja. The cou­ple had been child­less be­fore then. Soje, a Grade Level 16 Of­fi­cer in the Kogi State Teach­ing Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, was be­ing owed 11 months' salary ar­rears at the time of his death.

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