A man has committed suicide in Delta State, South-south Nigeria after losing N600,000 in church funds kept in his safety.
The man identified as 59 yr old Julius Numa had taken his own life out of despair after he discovered that N600,000 had been stolen from the church funds kept with him which had been proceeds from a recently concluded harvest.
The deceased had sent out text messages to friends and family pleading for financial assistance and threatening to hang himself if he got no response.
He eventually carried out his threat by hanging himself in his room at Oton area of Sapele in Delta State on Sunday.
The deceased who had been a father of 11 was found hanging from the ceiling of his room by his daughter in the evening.
According to a source close to the family of the deceased;
“We suspected he must have killed himself over a harvest fund of N600,000 that was stolen from him weeks back.
He was in charge of the harvest fund in the church and a few weeks back he was robbed by some boys at the Oton area of Sapele where the church is located, and since then he has been acting strange.”
The deceased was said to have sent a text message to some of his friends and relatives on Wednesday, threatening to kill himself if they did not help him with finance to offset some of his debt.
“Some of the children even promised to help out this week, only for us to hear that he had killed himself,” a source said.
According to a police source at the Sapele Division of the Nigeria Police who confirmed the incident;
“One Numa Julius of Okpe Road was reported to have committed suicide when we visited the scene, we saw the body dangling.
We were not able to bring him down yesterday, but we learned he has been buried this afternoon (yesterday).”