Ado-Ekiti — Frustrated by unpaid salaries and huge debt, a Level 12 officer, Tope Afolayan, has committed suicide. Afolayan, a native of Ara-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area, was a Principal Executive Officer, PEO, in the Office of Accountant General until he decided to take his life, last week.
The deceased, who was also a final year law student of Ekiti State University, EKSU, is survived by a widow, who is a teacher at a public school in Ado-Ekiti, and three children. Afolayan was also said to be an interpreter at a Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, branch in Ekute area of Ado-Ekiti. His colleague, who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday, disclosed that Afolayan was found hanging from the ceiling of his room at his house located on Peace Avenue, Olorunda, Ado-Ekiti. Afolayan, who has since been buried, did not leave any suicide note before taking his life, but was said to have consistently complained of failure to pay his debts because of the non-payment of arrears of salaries owed government workers. A source said: “Although he did not leave any suicide note, he had been very moody and heartbroken for a couple of weeks before the incident happened. “He had been complaining about the debts he owed, which he was unable to defray because of the arrears of salaries. In fact, he was among the last batch of applicants for car loan, but he was not short-listed. “We are shocked by Tope’s death because nobody thought he would go to that extent; we are still mourning his death.” Police spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said the case was reported at New Iyin Road Police Station in Ado-Ekiti.