State civil servant, who committed suicide on October 16, 2017, says her
husband’s death remains a shock.
servant, was still in a private hospital in Abuja when our correspondent
visited her on Saturday.
reality, the widow said, “I learnt of my husband’s death on Tuesday. I
was not even informed because my phone was taken away from me after I
gave birth. But on that particular day, I saw my phone lying around and
it was switched off.
brother-in-law’s text message in which he said he had gone to pick up
his dead brother’s corpse. It was at that point that I started screaming
that they have killed my husband.”
saw her husband alive on October 14, during the naming ceremony
(christening) of their triplets– Elijah, Elisha and Enoch.
ceremony at the hospital on October 14 and there was no quarrel
whatsoever. We only asked him to go home and rest because the hospital
was filled up and the nurses were driving people away.
return in the evening so that we could plan how to move our car and some
other things from Kogi. That was the last time I saw him.
but we never saw him and his phone was switched off. So, my cousin, who
was staying with me, went to the house but didn’t tell me anything but
she told my elder sister what she saw in the house such as the cardboard
where he left a message.
should take care of the boys. It was on Monday that my elder sister
called me to ask if I saw what was in the house but nobody was
explaining anything to me.”
any signs of depression, adding that on the day the triplets were born,
he was rolling on the hospital floor thanking God for finally giving
them children after over 17 years.
that when I was in the theatre and the babies were born, my husband was
rolling on the floor, praising God. He bought banana for the nurses.
Even my tenants in Lokoja said on Friday, my husband was very joyful and
told them that he was going to stay in Abuja for a long time to take
care of his children.
pressure was high and he was the one who calmed me down and asked me to
rest and keep my phone aside.
nothing! On Tuesday, his nephew, who lives with us and happens to be a
civil defence official, called me, saying that my husband came to his
house and was saying some things that he didn’t understand.
he didn’t own any property and that all the properties belonged to me.
So, I asked him, when my husband was saying all these things, why didn’t
he take him to relatives’ house or lock him somewhere?”
committed suicide because he had not been paid by the Kogi State
Government for almost a year, Grace said she could not say.
because of salary because I am not a Kogi State civil servant. After
all, he has not been collecting salary since January but we have been
managing my own salary. So, I don’t know.”
Government, the National Assembly, the Kogi State Government and
well-meaning Nigerians, Mrs. Soje explained that the hospital bill had
run into millions of naira and she needed assistance.
so that I can take good care of the children. We have not been able to
settle the hospital bill. We have been given a bill of N1, 627,000 by
the hospital but one of the triplets had to be taken to the National
Hospital for a surgery and I don’t know how much his own bill is right