Recall, it was earlier reported that the residents of Rasaki Sodande Street in the Aboru, Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State on Monday September 5, found the body of a middle-aged man dangling from a rope in an uncompleted building.
Punch gathered that the deceased, identified only as Tunde, was believed to have been murdered in the early hours of Sunday.
It was reported that Tunde, who wore a blue T-shirt when he was found, was killed before he was brought to the building.
The matter was said to have been reported at the Oke Odo Police Division.
A police source told our correspondent that marks of violence were found on the body of the deceased.
He said, “We received the report in the early hours of Sunday. The victim was brought from another place to the uncompleted building. He was strangled before he was thereafter hanged with a rope to give the impression that the deceased committed suicide.
“There were marks of violence on his body, which made the police believe that the case was a murder case and not suicide. Policemen were at the scene, took photographs and removed the body. We are looking for his family members.”
A resident, who gave his name only as Usman, however, said some people believed that Tunde committed suicide.
He said, “The man did not live on this street, but some people know him. They said he had been having some family issues because of lack of money.
“The death is believed to have come from frustration and lack. But the police should do their job thoroughly and unravel the cause of his death.”
Efforts by our correspondent to get Tunde’s house address or family members were not successful as of press time.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident. She added that the police would unravel the perpetrators of the crime.
She said, “Operatives of the division are going to unravel the cause of death and the perpetrators of the dastardly act. His age and surname have yet to be known.
“But we have recovered the body and deposited it in a public morgue for autopsy. The case is under discreet investigation.”
The police needs to do proper investigation so as to figure out what truly transpired. Meanwhile, some said, it was suicide due to lack and everything. Sometimes, questions errupt from our hearts why would suicide be an option.
We are in a terrain where Nigeria is in recession, and so many things going bad everyday. This is not the time to give up because there have been worse situations like this in Nigeria before. If we did not die then, what makes you feel we will die now? Where there is life, there is hope. Come to think of it, Is a living dog not better than a dead Lion?
Sometimes issues arise that is beyond our power. But no matter how insurmountable any problem is, suicide shouldn’t be an option. Help is on the way. Relax and put your hope in God.