Tragedy struck at the weekend in Ondo city, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, following the discovery of the decomposed body of a 72-year-old man.
The victim whose name was given as Titus Agunbiade, was said to have committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope on a wooden pillar inside his late father’s house located at Kajola street along Barrack road, Ondo city.
The deceased was said to have climbed a two- storey building with a ladder before hanging himself with a long rope in one of the rooms inside the house. His decomposed body was later discovered by a young man who is said to be the deceased family member that was living with him in the house.
The young man was said to have discovered the decomposed dangling body of the old man, who was popularly known by the appellation of “chief” at the early hours on the fateful day when he did not see him in the house for few days. He was said to have contacted other members of the family concerning the whereabout of the late Agunbiade before the decomposed body was later discovered.
As the time of filing this report, the immediate cause of the incident remained shrouded in mystery, but a source from the street said that the incident had continued to generate controversy among residents of the area who described the deceased as a popular community leader and a notable political analyst in the area.
When our correspondent visited the scene of the incident, a pair of sandals and bathroom towel said to belong to the late septuagenerian were found behind him on the floor close to the wooden pillar on which he tied the rope with which he hung himself.
Residents of the area were seen in groups discussing the development in hushed tones. Some other residents, including members of his family who rushed to catch a glimpse of the lifeless body of the victim were seen covering their noses, while crying and wailing.
Some police officers from the Yaba Divisional Police Station in the town were seen in company of deceased’s family members making frantic arrangements on how to remove the decomposed body of the late Agunbiade for burial.
Similarly, spiritualists and traditional worshippers were seen on the corridor of the house making effort to remove the lifeless body for burial in line with the tradition and culture of the people of the area.
A source close to the family of the deceased who wished to remain anonymous disclosed that the 72-year-old man might have terminated his life as a result of a protracted illness on which he had spent all his money.
When contacted on the matter, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Yaba police station, Mrs. Regina Mogbojuri, a Superintendent of Police (SP) was said to have travelled out of the town to observe her annual leave.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer at the station who did not want his name in print confirmed the incident and disclosed that no suicide note was found inside the room where the deceased hung himself. He however disclosed that the information concerning the incident has been forwarded to the appropriate quarters at the state police command headquarters in Akure, capital of Ondo State while investigation continues on the matter.