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
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