By Lolo Ayaba
Tragedy struck on Monday as a senior local government official, Michael Kayode Bamisaye Director of Finance, alleged committed suicide at his residence in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Bamisaye, who was the Director of Finance in Ise/Orun Local Government Council, Ise-Ekiti, jumped into the well in his compound behind Tinuola Maximum School, off Afao Road, Ado-Ekiti.
The deceased had earlier drunk water mixed with cement in an earlier attempt to kill himself before jumping into the well.
Top management staff of local governments in Ekiti State has being paying condolence visit to Bamisaye’s home.
Sympathizers have been trooping to his residence to commiserate with the widow and other members of the family.
Activities were said to have been grounded at Ise/Orun Local Government secretariat when the report of Bamisaye’s death filtered in from Ado-Ekiti.
The cause of the suicide could not be immediately ascertained.
Bamisaye was said to be the third senior management staff that would die in Ise/Orun Local Government Council this year as two other directors had died before him in mysterious circumstances.
A source said: “The deceased woke up at about 4.00 am to assist his wife to do some house chores and even called some council workers he used to convey to Ise every day to be ready to join him to their station.
“All of a sudden, he disappeared and went outside with the wife looking for her. Later she discovered that the well was opened and they saw the body floating.
“The wife and other people who joined her searching later saw the cement he had mixed with water which he might have taken before taking the plunge into the well.
“The men of the State Fire Service had come to remove the corpse which has since been deposited at the mortuary.”
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, was not available for comment as his phone was switched off.