The family of Muyiwa Olushola is in mourning after the computer programmer allegedly committed suicide by taking a drink suspected to be laced with an insecticide , Sniper , at Mosadolorun in the Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State .
PUNCH Metro gathered from neighbours that the deceased ’ s mother had gone for a vigil , leaving him at home with his father , Segun , and sister , Tosin , when he suddenly started screaming for help around midnight , but efforts to immediately gain access to his room proved abortive .
Eventually , the door to the room was broken and upon entry, Muyiwa was seen lying unconsciously on the floor with a foamy substance coming out of his mouth .
The 33 – year – old was reportedly rushed to hospital for medical aid but gave up the ghost on the way .
Investigation was said to have revealed that the deceased allegedly consumed a drink suspected to have been laced with Sniper , as a bottle of an alcoholic drink, two bottles of the insecticide and a cup were found on the floor of his room.
When our correspondent visited the area on Tuesday, it was observed that the house , where the deceased lived with his parents and sibling had been locked .
One of the neighbours , who did not want to be identified, said the scream of Muyiwa ’ s father and his repeated banging on the door alerted her and others to the incident , adding that it took about an hour before anybody could gain access to the deceased ’ s room.
The neighbour said , “ Around midnight on July 1 , I heard Muyiwa ’ s father screaming his name and asking him to open the door , so I quickly alerted my husband , who calmed me down saying the noise could be due to a minor issue .
“ But when the man continued screaming and banging on the door , we had to rush out to find out what was happening , and when we got to their apartment , we saw the father trying to force his way into Muyiwa ’ s room.
“ The sister , Tosin , said they were inside when they suddenly heard the deceased screaming for help , but they could not enter his room, because he had bolted it from behind . It took over an hour before the door was opened and we saw Muyiwa lying helplessly on the floor and vomiting a foamy substance . We also saw an alcoholic drink, two bottles of Sniper and a cup . From what we gathered , that was the mixture he drank . ”
A resident of the area , who identified himself simply as Kamoru , said Muyiwa ’ s death could be linked to depression , adding that the incident had prompted his family to temporarily relocate to another location .
Kamoru stated, “ Immediately the family members saw him on the floor , they quickly rushed him to a private hospital around Iba, but the doctor on duty referred them to the Igando General Hospital. They were on the way to hospital when he gave up .
“ I heard that he did not eat the food they gave him the previous day . I think he was depressed because he had been under a lot of pressure at home . ”
A close friend of the deceased , Babajide Adekunle, said Muyiwa had just been granted a Canadian visa and was scheduled to travel in October before his death .
Adekunle said , “ He went to Cyprus for his master’ s and obtained a visa to travel to Canada recently after being denied on two previous attempts . We learnt that he was supposed to travel in October ; we are really unhappy that he took that kind of decision . He told us that his parents had been frustrating him at home and he decided to leave the house , but his mother disagreed with the idea .
“ He had even rented an apartment , but instead , the parents suggested that he should stay in another house that they built. They were overprotective of him , because he was their only surviving son after his younger brother , Seun , died some years ago. Now, he is gone and they are left with only Tosin . May God give them the fortitude to bear this loss . ”
Efforts made by our correspondent to get the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana , to react to the incident , proved abortive as he did not pick several calls made to his telephone line , while a text message sent to him had not been replied as of the time of filing this report .