allegedly committed suicide on Friday, in his office, at 393, Old Ojo
Road, Satellite Town, Lagos.
complex, once the incident became public knowledge, to catch a glimpse
of the man.
that claims to be an expert in educational consultancy, for people
seeking admission to universities, Secondary Schools in Ghana, and to
Coventry universities in the UK.
others live in Germany and Ghana, respectively. All of them, the
neighbours, continued, are all graduates.
“why should James do this kind of thing to bring shame to the family?
Was he the only one owing, everybody owes; who is not owing in the first
place? To owe is no more shameful”.
some undisclosed amount of money, which he added, was less than N2m.
“His brothers had called the people he owed and pleaded with them to
give them, till say by the end of the month, to settle the debts and the
people agreed. James was aware of this arrangement?
“What is today’s
date? November 11, which means in less than three weeks, the debt would
be fully paid, and he would be free. But he decided to take his life in
a most shameful way.
“ This was not the first time he was owing. He
had owed more than N4m before, and it was fully settled. What is N1.5
million or an amount a little higher than that?” the family member,
health challenges. But he refused to provide any further details as to
the nature of the ailment.
also asked not to be named, described late Oriri, as an easy- going
person, who was at peace with everyone.
marriage, as until his death, he had been sleeping in the office in the
past three years and buying food from “Mama put”.
“she just came here and didn’t do as if anything happened and she has gone back to her business at Alaba Rago”.
kept one pair of the office key in her possession, while Oriri held the
and saw the lifeless body of her boss dangling from the hook of a
ceiling fan, she yelled, and attracted their neighbours.
family, who came and later called the police from Satellite Town
dangling from the hook of the ceiling fan, 12.30pm, Friday.
was carefully knotted and tied to an iron ceiling fan hook, to hang
brought down, because according to him, late Oriri committed a
sacrilege, a thing every African culture abhors.