Tragedy struck at the Abaranje area of Ikotun, Lagos State, as a 40-year-old bricklayer, committed suicide over his inability to have a wife.
The Bricklayer, simply known as Femi, was found dead in an uncompleted building on Alhaji Oki Street, Abaranje by residents of the area.
According to residents of the area, Femi, also known as Fela, had attempted suicide on two occasions before he finally succeeded, barely two months after he was evicted from his one-room apartment on 27, Alhaji Aboki Street.
Confirming the incident, a resident, Okeseun Olatunde, said: “Femi was evicted by his landlord in February, after he was discharged from hospital, following a failed suicide attempt.
“On one of the occasions he jumped into a well but was rescued. After the second failed suicide attempt, his landlord asked him to bring his relatives, but none showed up. He had said severally that he was related to late Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
“We also learned he owed the landlord house rent. The landlord had no choice than to evict him, with his property kept outside. He (Femi) took the property to the uncompleted building where he stayed until he was discovered dead last Friday. We suspect he committed suicide.”
Another resident, Josiah Madu, disclosed that Femi had complained severally that business was not forth-coming and that he desperately wanted to get married.
Madu said: “He told some of us in March last year that every woman he approached for marriage complained about his financial status. At a point, he started keeping to himself.”
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