"Only God knows Why He Killed Himself" - Wife Of Man Who Jumped Into Lagos Lagoon

Wife of the staff of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Rauf Oladejo who recently committed suicide by jumping from third mainland bridge into the lagoon, Mrs Zainab Oladejo, who is still in shock over the sad news of her husband's death has finally spoken.

Recall that Rauf, a father of eight and driver with the corporation, who was newly transferred from the FRCN training school in Shogunle to the Broadcasting house in Lagos was on his way to work, driving the company's brown Toyota Corolla when he suddenly stopped on the third mainland bridge, pretending to be pressed and that he needed to urinate, but suddenly, he jumped, headfirst, from the bridge into the Lagoon.

While his corpse was later recovered in the lagoon by men of the Lagos state Emergency Management Authority, Marine Police, Lagos State Waterways Authority and Rapid Response Squad.

Mrs Oladejo, while reacting to the sad news of her husband's demise and the way he died in an interview with Punch, said she could not give an explanation as to why her husband decided to take his own life.

While adding that he was a peace-loving husband and father, she said;

“God is the only one who sees the intention of his heart for choosing to take his own life; I don’t know what could have been his reason. We have been married for over 40 years and nobody ever tried settling a dispute between us. When he was leaving for Lagos on Sunday, he prayed for us and one of the children followed him to the park. He was a peace-loving man; he was not in the habit of fighting with anyone and anytime he had money, he would buy things for all the children around.”

While also speaking on his father's death, one of the sons of the deceased, Sheriff, said his father was not ill and that to the best of his knowledge, his father was not having any financial crisis.

“My father was not sick and he was not thinking about anything. If he was thinking about anything, he would have told me, because he did not hide anything from me. He did not have any money issue too, because if he needed money, he would call to tell us. Even the day his body was retrieved from the lagoon, more than N10,000 was recovered from his pocket. I believe that what is hidden to us as humans is open to God.” he said.

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