Family of Osun worker who “allegedly” attempts suicide denies report, says its Unconnected with unpaid salary


The family of the Osun State worker who was reported to have attempted suicide over unpaid salary in the state has rebuffed the claim. Saying his suicide attempt is not connected with the unpaid salary.

Read their press statement below;

Family members of Mr. Femi Owolabi who

reportedly attempted suicide in Ibokun, Obokun

Local Government Area of Osun State have denied

the report by the Punch Newspaper that the incident

was in connection with unpaid salaries. They said

the incident was a family affairs, just as they noted

that the newspaper goofed by mentioning the name

as Ojo Owolabi.

Owolabi, who hails from Ilahun Ijesa,  level-4 Environmental

Officer in the council reportedly attempted suicide on

Thursday last week by drinking Gramozone in his B 19

Ogbon Egbe street, Ibokun residence.

Speaking on behalf of the family, his sister, Mrs Yemisi

Oladipupo, also a civil servant working in the department of

community and social development of the same council

area, said the incident had no connection with unpaid salary

at all.

She said: “That incidence cannot be connected to unpaid

salaries at all. Though, our salaries have not been paid up

to date, people have started receiving alert for Februray

salary now. So, why would he kill himself because of salary.

“I believe it was the devil at work and it is purely a family

affair. I see no reason why our family should be dragged

into politics by giving such information that it was caused

by non-payment of wages.”

“Those that said the incidence was in connection with salary

matter goofed completely by saying he is a senior civil

servant, because he is a level 4 officers”, she said.

Oladipupo said Owolabi was never at any time admitted at

any hospital in Ile-Ife, saying he was only admitted in a

private hospital in Osogbo on Sunday after being treated at

home for about three days in Ilahun, a community in

Obokun local government where his mother resides.

Noting that the reporters got the information wrong, she

said the victims wife and children have not relocated

anywhere as reported by the newspaper, saying, “the wife

was in the hospital with his husband, while his children are

in their schools”

He condemned what he described as armchair Journalism,

saying it has done damage to the name of the family.

During the visit to the Randel hospital today, Friday, Owolabi

had recovered and was billed for discharge later in the day.

However, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Local

Government Employees, Mr. David Owoeye, who was

quoted to have confirmed the connection of the incidence to

unpaid salary denied making such confirmation..

He said: “Though, I was called by the Punch correspondent,

but what I told him was that I did not have the information.

Why would I speak on what I do not know.

“It is very unfortunate and worrisome that I was quoted

wrongly on such issue that involves life”, he said

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