Edward Soje: Kogi Director Who Committed Suicide Had Partial Stroke – Police

The Kogi State police command on Monday claimed that the
director in the state civil service, Edward Soje, who committed
suicide last week had a partial stroke before he died.
The command, however, said it would conduct a
comprehensive autopsy on the body of the deceased to
ascertain the particular cause of his death.

Addressing newsmen on Monday, the Police Public Relations
Officer (PPRO), Kogi state command, Williams Aya, said the
command has decided to conduct an autopsy to ascertain
what actually led to his death.

He said a report received from the Division Police Officer
(DPO) where the case was first reported showed that Sodje
was suffering from partial stroke, following which he was on
drugs.
Aya, upon further probe, however, said there was no medical
report or document to back up the claim as it was only
through an investigation conducted by the police.

When asked further how it was possible for a stroke patient to
climb a tree and hang himself, the PPRO said the investigation
was still ongoing.

The late Soje’s body was last week Thursday found hanging on
a tree beside Mammy market at the Maigumeri housing the
Nigeria Army Command Records, Lokoja.

The incident happened few days after his wife gave birth to
triplets in a hospital in Abuja after 17 years of marriage.
Aya noted that as at the time the military found his body
hanging on a tree, there was no suicide note on him that
would have explained the circumstances of his death.
The police image maker that investigation has commenced
and very soon they will get to the root of the matter.
The late civil servant took his own life following what family
sources called series of financial challenges as he was said to
be owed 11 months salary.

But the state government said he was only owed nine months
as he was last paid in December last year, according to the
Head of Service of the state, Deaconess Deborah Ogunmola.
According to her, Soje continued to receive his salaries till
December, 2016 even while the Staff Screening and
Verification Exercise was ongoing.

She said his salary was stopped after proof emerged that he
falsified his age records.
Credit: Tribune

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