A 34-year-old has committed suicide by drinking poison because his American-based father was not taking care of him.
The deceased, Taiwo Ariyo, was said to have ingested a powerful insecticide called Sniper on Saturday, March 3, 2017, and later died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, after suffering from depression.
Punch reports that the twin brother, Kehinde, and the pregnant wife of the late Ariyo, said he drank the poison in their presence because he was not happy that his father did not take care of him adequately enough.
Ariyo, it was reported, had been expressing his sadness over the alleged uncaring attitude of their father, Clement Ariyo, a pathologist with the Red Cross Society, who is married to two wives.
Family sources allege that the father was always sending money to his second wife and her children while neglecting the three children of the first wife which included the deceased.
A member of the family allegedly said that the death of Ariyo should be blamed on the father for not caring for him like a father should.
“The problem is that the father does not care for them. On that day, he said he would sacrifice himself for the other two children. He said maybe if he died, their father would wake up to the reality,” a family member said.
However, when the father was contacted to state his own side of the story, he wondered why he would be catering to a married man with children, describing the late son as wayward, and had always been giving him problems before his death.
“I did not take care of him? Care for a 34-year-old person that went to school and got married?
A man that had children with different women? And now that he is dead, he has added more to my burden.
Did you know that he had his first child 10 years ago? And I have been the one responsible for him? He had another child last year, but he denied the paternity. I am 66 and should be retired ordinarily.
He was a controversial son for the 34 years that he lived. I woke up on Saturday to see a suicide note that he sent to me. I immediately called his twin brother to go after him.
Many women have called me to say they had relationships with him. One claimed that she had no fewer than 10 abortions for him and he still dumped her for another girl.
When I came to Lagos last November, I counseled him to get his act together. Instead, he lied to me that he wanted money to travel to see his son in Ado Ekiti and I gave him N37,500.
He didn’t visit him. At another time, I bought clothes for that boy, but he didn’t deliver them.
He said he wanted to get married, buy this and that. He even went ahead to post the same thing on Facebook."
The late Taiwo who was a Premier Lotto agent, was said to have posted on his Facebook page that he was going to kill himself as he was tired of living a worthless life but his friends and relations thought he was joking till they realized that he had carried out his threat of ending his life.