Ondo city, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, was thrown into mourning at the weekend, following the death of a middle-aged man, who was said to have committed suicide by swallowing a chemical substance believed to be poison.
The deceased who until his untimely death was said to be an executive member of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Ekimogun branch, was said to have terminated his life over a debt.
Though the circumstances leading to the death of the man whose name was given as Ayokunle (surname withheld) was still sketchy as at the time of filing this report. It was however gathered from the residents of the area that no suicide note was found in the room of the deceased.
But information relating to the death of the late RTEAN boss and father of four was brought to the notice of the people in the area by the officials of the RTEAN in the area who came to pay him a visit in his house and noticed that the deceased has poisoned himself.
It was learnt that the deceased who owned a commercial vehicle and one of the notable transport drivers plying Ondo enroute Owena town along Ondo/Akure highway, had obtained a short term loan few years ago from a cooperative society operating in the community.
He was said to have promised to pay back the loan at the appropriate time which he failed to honour at the stipulated time. The development was said to have generated arguments between the deceased and the operatives of the cooperative society.
Similarly, a source close to the family of the deceased, said the deceased who was last seen on Friday night was hale and healthy, before going to bed on the fateful day as he was said to have swallowed the substance with a cup of water and died before dawn.
The death of the RTEAN member which has thrown the whole area into confusion has continued to generate controversy among the family and the residents of the area, who alleged several threats from the officials of the cooperative society of being the cause of the death of the Ayokunle.
When our correspondent visited the house of the deceased located at Oke-Ibukun in Ondo city few hours after the news concerning his death was broken in the town, members of his family were noticed inside the house holding meetings on how to bury the deceased.
Residents of the area were seen in groups discussing the development in hush tone, while the wife of the deceased whose name was given as Kemi was noticed in a two storey building opposite the house being consoled by sympathizers.
A source close to the family of the deceased who wished to claim anonymity disclosed that the late Ayokunle might have tried to terminate his life as a result of provocation and threat allegedly by the authorities of the cooperative society where he borrowed money.
He explained that the remains of the deceased will be buried before the end of the day as soon as the family concluded their meeting.
When contacted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Yaba divisional police station, Mr. Kolawole Boluwaji, a Superintendent of Police ( SP), said information concerning the incident was not reported at the station, but promised to investigate the matter and get back to our correspondent.