University lecturer commits suicide

Kwara State University KWASU

Dr. Solomon Osunlola, a lecturer at the Department of Crop Production, College of Agriculture, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has reportedly committed suicide over employment issues.

Director of the institute’s public relations department, Dr. Isiaka Aliagan, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Ilorin, said that the deceased was a Lecturer 1 with the College of Agriculture.

Aliagan said that Osunlola joined the services of the institution on a full-time appointment in 2010.

“However, during staff verification, it was discovered that Osunlola retired from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, before taking up a full-time appointment with KWASU.

“But, in spite of this discovery, the university, in August 2017, converted Osunlola’s appointment to a contract engagement on compassionate grounds,” he said.

The school was said to have conveyed its conversion of Osunlola’s appointment to him via a letter signed by the registrar.

NAN quoted unnamed sources as saying said the loss of Osunlola’s full-time status led to a steady decline in his mental stability as he became depressed and “started misbehaving”.

“One of his friends even offered to assist him to secure a job at Landmark University, but the deceased did not submit his credentials when he was asked.

“Another friend also took him to a cleric for prayers and counselling after noticing that he was depressed,” the sources added.

A family source told NAN that relations broke the deceased’s door when he did not come out in the morning on Friday where they discovered that he that he had committed suicide.