Indian executive hangs self in Lagos office

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The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of an Indian staff of Agro Nigeria Limited, Devendra Singh, in his Lagos office last Friday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin stated this on Sunday.

Singh, 42, was said to be a field worker at the Ilupeju, Lagos-based firm at the time of his demise.

The Punch reported that the victim’s Nigerian driver discovered his lifeless body dangling from a rope in his office.

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“The driver called his colleagues around 7.30pm saying he brought his boss to the office in the morning and that his boss was not out and that he had tried calling him and he did not pick his calls. His colleagues then informed their company’s chief security officer.

“A few minutes later, the driver peeped through the window of the office and saw that his boss had hanged himself on the iron hook used in holding a ceiling fan. Some of his colleagues, who rushed down to the place, also confirmed seeing the Indian man’s lifeless body dangling from the rope.

“So, they reported back to their CSO, who advised them to report to the police. It was the police that came to the private office to forcefully open the door and met his corpse in that same position.

“He locked himself inside the office and when the police managed to open the place, they saw the side table he climbed to hang himself and afterwards, he pushed it. Singh didn’t write any suicide note,” the report quoted an anonymous source as saying.

The victim’s remains have since been deposited in the mortuary of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, for an autopsy.

“Investigation has begun to ascertain if it is truly suicide or murder/manslaughter packaged as suicide,” the Lagos police PRO said.

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