When 36-year-old clothes retailer and father of five, Fatai Oyedele, left his residence at the Tourist Estate, Obere, Atan Ota in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State for Abeokuta, none of his family members or neighbours realised that they may never see him again as he was on his way to commit suicide.
The reason for his action is not known, but Oyedele was rescued by TRACE personnel, with the help of some residents when he attempted to kill himself by jumping into the Ogun river, entoute Akin Olugbade, with a bottle of insecticide in his possession, probably as a last resort should drowning fail.
taken to the Adigbe Police Station.
Babatunde Akinbiyi, Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, confirmed the incident in a statement where he said:
“The victim is one Fatai Oyedele of the Tourist Estate, Obere, Atan Ota, Ogun State, who is 36 years old and has five children with Jumai Oyedele. He is a cloth seller.
“Around 1.15pm today (Wednesday) by the Ogun River en route Akin-Olugbade, the man attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the river with a bottle of insecticide in his hands.
“Our prompt intervention saved what would have been an eventual suicide and with the help of some civilians at the scene, he was rescued.
“He was pulled out of the water and was later taken to the Adigbe Police Station for further investigation.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, described Oyedele as a psychiatric patient with a history of violence.
He said, “The man is suffering from psychiatric problems. He was violent at the Adigbe Police Station.
“We have released him to his family members, who came for him. They have taken him to the psychiatric hospital for treatment.”