Friday Orobator, a lecturer of Akpata University, Department of Adult Education, Ekiadolor, Edo State, was seen after he had allegedly committed suicide.
His lifeless body was noticed around his home at Obakhazbaye area of Benin City, Edo State at the late hours of Friday, 2nd October 2020.
Friday is in his early 50’s and has given birth to four children. He is also a member of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), and recently complained to individuals close to him over lack of financial assistance to take care of his health.
Fred Omonuwa, Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), confirmed the incident.
“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.
“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 on 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, staff of the college, are pained.” He said.