A University of Benin (UNIBEN) staff, Carter Oshodin has allegedly committed suicide in Edo State over hardship.
The deceased according to reports was working as a data entry staff in the institution but the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, pushed him into financial difficulties.
It was learned that the deceased had lamented his inability to offset some bills including his daughter’s school fees.
ASUU is currently on strike in protest against the federal government’s refusal to fulfil its part of the agreement it reached with the union.
Report said he had approached some neighbours to appeal for financial help from them prior to his decision to take his own life.
Confirming the incident, the Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwanbuzor, said, although the command is aware of the unfortunate incident, it is yet to officially receive the report.
“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 Daily Trust.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has since the most part of this year shut down
The Non-academic Staff Union of Universities has also been on strike for several months now