Carter Oshodin, identified as staff of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has committed suicide in Benin over alleged hardship resulting from the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Oshodin worked as a data entry staff in the institution but became financially handicapped following the strike action by the academic and non-academic unions of Universities.
Recall that the Federal Government vowed that it would not pay the striking university workers, insisting on its no work, no pay policy.
Information gathered revealed that the deceased had lamented his inability to offset some bills, including his daughter’s school fees.
He was said to have met some neighbours soliciting financial help from them before he decided to take his own life.
The Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwanbuzor, confirmed the incident saying the command was aware of the unfortunate incident but is yet to receive the report officially.
“Yes, the command happens to be aware of it by following up events and processes in the state, not that the family of the man who committed suicide reported it officially.
“The case remains unreported to date but we are aware of it because of our interest in following event in the state,” the PPRO told reporters.