The family of Michael Asiwaju who was reported to have committed suicide on Sunday, January 20 only learned about his death through the news reports.
His brother, Segun Akintola, who spoke to The Punch, revealed that he was alerted to the news by a friend, after which he rushed to a news stand to get a copy of the newspaper.
He revealed that Asiwaju, who allegedly drank the insecticide known as Sniper after being accused of rape on Twitter, is the last child of the family and his real name is Dare Akintola. Asiwaju is his company’s name but I didn’t know where he got Michael from. He was 33 years old and he had a 10-year-old son.
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He said: "I was at home when a friend called me and drew my attention to a publication in Saturday PUNCH. He said my brother was reported to have killed himself and that his picture was on the paper. I rushed to the bus stop to get the paper. After reading it, I went to inform our family members.
When I called his (Asiwaju’s) line, a policeman picked the call. He asked me to come to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Panti. On getting there, the policeman said my brother’s corpse had been deposited in the morgue. He took me and some family members to the morgue to check the corpse."
Segun, who described his brother as a brave person, said he did not believe he could poison himself because of the allegation.
“Dare (Asiwaju) that I know, if you point a gun at him to kill himself, he would not do so. He was our parents’ last born. Our father died long time ago,” he added.
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The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed that the family had identified the corpse, adding that investigation was ongoing on the incident.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously gathered a report that revealed over 80 Nigerians had died as a result of suicide within a period of 13 months. It was also disclosed that Lagos state was leading the pack with 14 reported cases with the period that was reviewed.
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