A 39-year-old vulcaniser, Manir Isah of Badariya, resident in Birnin Kebbi, committed suicide in his toilet yesterday.
The police public relations officer, Nafiu Abubakar, who talked to LEADERSHIP on phone, confirmed the incident and said that the police are still investigating the incident.
“The man was found dead in the toilet but so far, preliminary investigation has revealed that the man killed himself by using his knife which his wife had confirmed is among the kitchen utensils in the house. He locked up himself from inside; when the wife heard of a disturbing noise, she quickly called the neighbours who had to use force to break the door just to find him lying in a pool of blood near the knife”, he said.
The PPRO further explained that investigation to determine the motive behind the suicide committed by the man was ongoing and the man’s record did not establish mental retardation.
However, a relative of the late Manir Isah who did not want his name in print claimed that he was murdered in his house in the night. He argued that the late vulcaniser who had been in that business for over 20 years could not commit suicide since he did not have any mental problem.
“The man was going about his legitimate work by earning what to eat for over 20 years as a vulcaniser; why would he just kill himself in his legitimate house? I smell a rat on this issue”, he said.
Sympathisers especially his customers are now besieging the residence of the late Isah to condole with his family.