Principal lecturer commits suicide over unpaid salaries in Edo

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A principal lecturer Department Adult Education defunct College Education now Tayo Akpata University, Ekiadolor, Benin, Friday Orobator, has committed suicide over a 13-month unpaid salary.

senior lecturer, who was his 50s and whose wife had just been delivered a baby, hanged himself at his Obakhazbaye, Benin residence.

He committed act Friday.

His lifeless body was discovered behind his apartment around 1:30 pm the green rope he used to hang himself still his neck.

Policemen from Oba Station moved his body to the morgue around 1:30 pm.

The Nation gathered the father of four had complained over his inability to feed his to close friends.

A source, who spoke confidence, said Orobator told a colleague last Wednesday he was ashamed and tired of begging for money from friends and well-wishers to cater for his .

The Chairman of COEASU of the tertiary institution, owned by Edo State Government, Fred Omonuwa, confirmed all the staff had not been paid for 13 .

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He pleaded Governor Godwin Obaseki to do the needful and give them a sense of belonging.

He said: “Everybody knows that Edo State government owes us 13 of salary, which we continued to agitate for, even before the September 19 governorship election, but was tagged political agitation.

“Some friends of Mr. Orobator in Benin City and , among others, actually tried their best in the past few weeks to assist him some money.

“Quite, unfortunately, Mr. Orobator could no longer for himself and his . His wife has just had a baby.

“We, staff, of the institution are pained by the suicide. people are going through difficult times and are dying. Edo State government please listen to us.

“Schools in Edo State are about resuming after the Disease () lockdown but members cannot pay the school fees of their children. What have we done to deserve this horrible treatment?”

The Nation