Emotion ran high on Saturday when the remains of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority , Tope Akinde, were seen dangling on the pole of a billboard around the Salvation bus stop, Opebi , in the Ikeja Local Government Area of the state.
At the scene of the incident around 9 am , some residents , traders and passersby were seen condemning the circumstances that led to the Akinde’ s death.
Some other persons while staring at the man ’ s corpse dangling on the pole around a mango tree were seen mourning over the tragic incident .
The crowd reportedly prevented vehicular movements , creating gridlock in the process .
Officials of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps were said to have visited the scene of the incident to restore normalcy .
An eyewitness , Abiodun Fakemi , said he saw people staring at a tree and thought there was a snake on it , adding when he moved closer to the tree , he saw the man ’ s remains dangling.
He said , “I was going to Salvation bus stop, and was on a bus when I saw a crowd looking at a mango tree .
I thought there was a giant snake on the tree . I went closer and saw people taking pictures with their phones .
Surprisingly , I saw the man dangling on the pole of a billboard with his tongue out.
“ I saw a spec used by motorcyclists in his pocket .
I heard a highway sweeper say that the man was a LASTMA official . ”
Another eyewitness , Abraham Osime , said , “ I usually saw him at the back of the Sheraton Hotel .
I still saw him when he was coming back from church last Sunday . ”
When contacted , the state Police Public Relations Officer , Bala Elkana , said a female LASTMA official informed the command about the incident , adding that Akinde’ s elder brother claimed that he had been suffering from mental issues for a while .
He stated that the corpse had been evacuated and deposited in a mortuary .
Elkana said , “ On Saturday , February 1 , 2020, around 10. 57am , a female LASTMA official , Yetunde Olajabu, came to the police station and reported that she received a phone call from an unknown person that one man hanged himself on a mango tree at Opebi and was later identified to be Tope Akinde, An official of LASTMA.
“ Information at our disposal from the deceased elder brother reveals that the late Tope Akinde had mental problems which the family had been managing for a while now before his death. ”
The General Manager of LASTMA , Olajide Oduyoye, said he did not have details of the incident .
While expressing shock at the suicide, he said the agency would investigate what could have led to it .
He said , “ I don’ t really know what to say and I don’ t have details of what would make a grown up man wants to do that.
It really needs to be investigated.
We need to find out if he had any problem before , psychologically or otherwise . ”
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