60 Year Old Jumps Into Neigbour’s Well Over Debt


Tragedy struck yesterday at the Concord area of Oke-Omiru, Ilesa, Osun State when a 60-year-old man, who trades in building materials, committed suicide by jumping into a well.

The victim popularly known as ‘Sunre’ which translates to ‘sleep well,’ however refused to sleep well when he, in the early hours of Wednesday, took his life by jumping inside a well belonging to one of his neighbours.

The deceased, a resident of Adeti Street, Ilesa was said to have earlier attempted to jump into the well in his residence on October 15, but was stopped by his family members.

Sources say the deceased before his demise, had complained to his family that he owed a certain person in Abuja about N350,000 and he had been unable to raise the money to pay the debt but they had persuaded him not to do anything nasty, encouraging him that all would soon be well but he ignored their counsel.

It was gathered that Pa Sunre who is blessed with grown-up and well-to-do children had gone to the house of his neighbour on sallah day to felicitate with the family and it was while they were all having a good time that he sneaked out and jumped into the well.

It was learnt that a neighbour who went to the well at about 6am the following day to fetch water discovered his remains in the well and raised the alarm which attracted other residents in the neighbourhood to the scene.

Public relations officer of the Osun state police command, Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the development,  said a team of detectives led by the Divisional Police officer ‘A’ Division, Ilesa, quickly moved to the scene where the corpse was removed.