Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: Kogi State Civil Service Director Hangs Due To Non-payment Of His Salary For 11 Months

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Kogi State Civil Service Director Hangs Due To Non-payment Of His Salary For 11 Months

A director in the Kogi State civil service, Mr Edward Soje has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree in Lokoja, the state capital.





News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Saturday in Lokoja that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks, the Nigeria Army Command Record.


The 54-year-old civil servant decided to take 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 as at the time he took his life. He hailed from Ogori town in Ogori -Magongo Local Government area of the state. He had before killing himself travelled to Abuja and left a suicide note for the wife who also works in one of the federal ministries.


“Psalm 121:3 God will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keepeth you will not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, the God Almighty will keep you and prosper you, amen. I love you,”- suicide note.


Confirming the incident, the state police command Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks at about 5:55 p.mon Oct. 16.


Family sources said that Soje had before the incident been going through a lot of financial pressure due to non-payment of his salary for 11 months by the Kogi State Government. He was among thousands of civil servants being owed between two and 21 months’ salary arrears by the state government.


As a way out, he was said to have sold his only car and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at Otokiti area of Lokoja. The building which was at lintel level was sold by Soje at a giveaway price of N1.5 million in April to meet urgent family needs, it was gathered. According to the sources, Soje’s financial woes became compounded when the wife gave birth to a set of triplets through Caesarian operation in a private hospital in Abuja on Oct. 7.


The deceased remained in the hospital to look after wife and children until Oct. 13, a day before the naming ceremony when he decided to come back to Lokoja. On getting to Lokoja, Soje went straight to his bank to collect the remaining N30,000 in his salary account with one of the commercial banks and thereafter informed the bank in writing about his decision to close the account.


He immediately left Lokoja for the hospital in Abuja where he rejoined his wife and handed over the N30,000 cash to her.


On Oct. 14, Soje and wife were joined by two pastors and few relatives to perform a brief naming ceremony for the triplets in the hospital. He later left the hospital on the pretext that he wanted to pick few things from the wife’s apartment in Abuja with a promise to come back quickly. But Soje did not return for hours and did not pick any of the many calls made to his telephone line, a development which forced the wife to send somebody to the house to go and ascertain what was happening to him. The person, on getting to the apartment knocked the door severally but no response and decided to call his telephone number.


On hearing the telephone ringing out from the apartment, the person was said to have knocked severally again but no response, this made him to seek the assistance of neighbours to force the door open. When the door was opened, the people were shocked when they saw Soje’s telephone handset placed on a suicide note on the centre table in the sitting room while he was nowhere to be found.


When the wife was informed, she quickly contacted some people to begin a search for him in Abuja while relations and friends in Lokoja were also informed of the development. Efforts made to locate him did not yield fruit until relations decided to visit hospitals in Lokoja, the decision paid off eventually on Friday, October 20 when the corpse of Soje was found in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. A member of the family said that the management of the hospital explained to them that Soje’s corpse was brought in by the police, who found it dangling on a tree.


A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the late Soje as a “very quiet and lovable human being.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's not ordinary and its not cash, the joy of seeing those babies is enough to propel him to have hope that things will turn out for good. Its witchcraft remote control, he just fulfilled evil prophecy on his life never to name his children.

Lizzy berry aka Mrs Atheist™ said...

Omg πŸ™Š kigi state again?? What's the governor doing about no payment of salaries? Omg

Lizzy berry aka Mrs Atheist™ said...

*kogi*
*non payment*

Dada Toyosi said...

This is really bad to read,God comfort and send helpers to those he left behind

Anonymous said...

Since he has been childless, he should have used his income wisely for the past 20 yrs before the 11months or Buhari regime. Apc hope you are keeping statistic of suicide since your regime. I refuse to give up,

Anonymous said...

Deliveries shud be free. D hos. Mst ave charged him 500k 4 d triplets deliveries.

winnie said...

He was building a house naa

Mhzzbee Intl(original makeup products and accessories, follow on IG: esoge_beauty, WhatsApp 08034205703) said...

This is really sad after those bundles of joy.

QUEEN AMY Loves ACCESS BANK said...

Abia and IMO state is even worse. Wonder why Buhari isn't doing anything to these governors

Oluwaseun Olukoya said...

This is really sad... This Kogi again...

Cynthia Iyede said...

Kai!

Love.Eating.Pussy said...

Heaven will judge this man for putting this woman in perpetual misery and for giving this children a bad start.

To think this children will grow up to be tortured by the fact that their coming to life facilitated the death of their father.

Governor Yaya bello of kogi state and APC govt God will purnish you people for what you have done to this country


LEPπŸ˜›

Chidinma Grace said...

How many more will die before this God forsaken government called Apc will resign?

EsE EsSAy said...

Stella I shed tears reading this. His case touched me.Why are people committing suicide more lately. I wish his plan was aborted at foresight. I pray the widow gets help from earthly angels. Rip man

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong but I have a feeling those children where conceived through IVF with donor sperm and he just couldn't bear the fact that he couldn't have his own biological children. Is it possible he sold his house to be able to afford IVF??? Not being paid salary for 11 months is really depressing but what will you say of level 10 workers paying school fees and rent???

Saaz Sagacity said...

Sad thing we hear everyday.....But i strongly believe there is more to the story.

Anonymous said...

Some of you guys on this blog are just simply devoid of any form of humanity. How can you apportion blame to the deceased in such circumstances. Even if he had been very prudent with his finances over the years how long do you think his savings or financial investments would last in a country where you go for months on end without receiving a salary.

You are the same people that praise these corrupt and demonic politicians, thier families including side chicks- slay queens, while there are people dying of humger and frustrations because they have been denied their dues. is the pensioners that are dying on a daily basis with no hope of ever receiving their overdue pensions, where do we start from?

They all have blood (of many innocent souls) on their hands and will ultimately be held to account by the most High God.

Anonymous said...

Ur message is heartless. May Godsoften u

Kiks said...

How sad. I feel for his wife and their kids that will grow up not knowing their father l

DON™ said...

I hope his creator will accept his reason for taken his life. The reason above is unjustifiable.

Rappakatakata said...

Another suicide under the present administration.

charitybino said...

Oh my God

Anonymous said...

This is sad and highly spiritual

Lore have mercy

In CHRIST I live and have my being




@ANONYMOUS ORUBEBE

Anonymous said...

why didn't he use part of the money from the sale of his house to start a business? some peeps though.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha.. .resign keh? ...na siddon look their matter be

This Mess, make we just dey smell this routine mess till 2019....

God help us




@ANONYMOUS ORUBEBE

Anonymous said...

There is more to this story.. I don't want to believe that this man killed himself



Nigeria system is so bad... No intelligence unit to probe a matter to the bottom

Now Dem go just bury this man.. Thats all


Our police officer or SSS should have analytical mind, even when a case is not fishy, they should see it as a fishy case and use their HEAD to think the other way round.





@ANONYMOUS ORUBEBE

Anonymous said...

This just broke my heart. Please all of you seeing numbers , it’s a call for prayer. You don’t know who your prayers could be saving. Pray more in the spirit .!! I’m sorry this happened to you I’m so so sorry!

sexy Daddy said...

May my God punish all these fools that have refuse to pay salaries of their workers after collecting billions if dollars every month!

Cynhams Cakes, Abuja. said...

This situation is really pathetic. What was he thinking?

He thinks his death will draw the attention of the Government to the plight of Kogi state workers being owed huge salaries.

The annoying thing is that this same Kogi state Governor is praised almost on daily basis by the indigenes on AIT. I understand its all paid and arranged advert to booster his image but this Governor should at least try to pay his workers their salaries.

It just ain't right what he is doing!!! 😈😈😈😈😈😈😈😈

Anonymous said...

Shut up...! Shut up..! Do you how it feels to think you are a failure in life..? God have mercy on some you heartless beings here

Anonymous said...

*taking* olodo Don
To even think na director him b o, Wetin go come happen to the ordinary state workers

kike juwon said...

Kogi is a dead town especially yagba east,no light no water. Pls govry bello provide light and water for the people of yagba east local government after all DAT is d lest u can do for them. Thank you

kike juwon said...

Hmmm naso kogi

kike juwon said...

And busy collecting women as wives

kike juwon said...

And busy collecting women as wives

kike juwon said...

He want everybody dead so DAT he can govern empty state and build more mansions.

Jomajoma49 said...

Some comments here makes me wonder if it was actually humans that typed or beast smh, no empathy whatsoever !!!

La donna said...

He must be in debt plus depression,RIP to him.my people run away from debt it kills

AdeEsther (need quick loan? Call 09087090732) said...

Just the heading broke my heart. Kogi state which way😿😿😿😿

Anonymous said...

I cried when i read this story,its just extremely sad. Just don't understand why he choose to end his life,after God over blessed him with 3boys,for all the years they had been waiting(17years). Your joy finally came and you take your life,cant fathom why. I am thinking may be he found out the kids weren't his(his wife cheated). Even if so,its not enough to end it. Don't like reading stories like this.

Love.Eating.Pussy said...

So is been miserable now a reason to comit suicide...no matter the feelings of his heart,he did wrong

LEPπŸ˜›

Adadioramma said...

Congrats to Yaya Bello. Use his salary arrears to buy aso ebi. Ewu cow goat. Rip poor man.

Stella maris Baby said...

What a sad news.

What is happening?
People keep commenting suicide every day by day

God please intervene


Rip director.

Anonymous said...

I say there is more to this story

But sadly we have a failed system




@ANONUMOUS ORUBEBE

Monkey Face said...

But there is more to this story nau

Monkey Face said...

Same thing I am thinking

The Journalist Blog said...

There is no justification for one to take his own life. However, I will not turn a blind eye on the economic situation in the country which in itself very depressing. The man must have thought of the stress of feeding the babies. This situation is compounded by the fact that state governments are not paying salaries. His blood is on the government and his children will certainly grow up to hold the government responsible.

Anonymous said...

Please Lagos state government should look into the light situation in Omole phase 2 in Lagos state. The light situation in the estate is heart breaking. Its like its a crime to have prepaid meter or live in the estate. There is never light

Anonymous said...

debt. Heavy debt

Anonymous said...

These civil servants who are owed salaries should launch class action lawsuits against their states and the federal government to get their pay. How can any self-respecting govt body cab owe over a year up to two years in salaries for their employees. This disgusting act has to stop! I hope some competent lawyers are willing to work pro-bono on a class action lawsuit and get these ppl paid.

jelly said...

Oh my God, this is so sad, i don't why governor yahya cannot pay people their salary! Rip poor man. May God console your wife

Anonymous said...

There’s no more to this story galore please don’t complicate what’s simple or simplify what’s complicated.. Y’all tasty soul keep looking for extras..

Push up said...

This man had used all he had to make sure these kids were born. Private hospitals in Abuja isn't beans let alone giving birth through Cs, he had used all he had for ivf expecting to be paid at least by the time the kids come, but trust kogi state nothing. The man was just too tired he just withdrew all he had and gave his wife, so heart breaking. May his soul Rest In Peace

Mrs bekks said...

Better ask God to forgive u, do u know what couple ttcing are going through or the amount of money they spend while trying to get pregnant??? Be wise

treasure BB said...

This is painful

Anonymous said...

Very heart breaking indeed, and to think that a senator from that state is only concerned with posting diff photos of him and his luxury cars...

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